Office Supply chain Staples announced its Black Friday and Thanksgiving sales plans today.
The Staples stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Last year Staples opened its stores for Black Friday sales at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. Staples is giving Thanksgiving back to the families. The office supply chain will only offer Black Friday 2015 deals online on Thanksgiving Day.
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Stores opened as early as 6am on Thanksgiving Day for Black Friday sales last year. Most stores opened late afternoon. ToysRUs and Best Buy beat Walmart by one hour, opening at 5pm. This war hints at earlier store opening hours for Black Friday 2015, but maybe Staples is setting a trend.
“We want our customers and associates to enjoy Thanksgiving their own way,” said Demos Parneros, president North American stores and online, Staples. “On Thanksgiving Day, customers can shop from home on Staples.com and then continue their shopping in stores starting at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Whether our customers like the convenience of shopping online, in our stores or a combination of both, Staples will have amazing products at great prices throughout the holiday season.”
The decision to keep stores close on Thanksgiving Day is also great new for Staples retail employees. They can spend Thanksgiving Day at home with their families and charge up for the busy Black Friday.
Staples customers won’t have to wait until the week of Black Friday for deals. Beginning in early November, Staples will offer special holiday savings both in store and online. This is in line with other stores. We expect the first Black Friday deals already on Friday, October 30.
With Staples setting an early example of closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, we could expect other stores to follow. It is not clear yet in what direction Black Friday 2015 store opening hours will go. Thanksgiving Day is ideal for online Black Friday sales, but in store sales events are really a problem for families to plan their Thanksgiving dinner around.
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Staples is one of the go-to stores on Black Friday for laptop deals. Last year Staples had also competitive Black Friday deals on select Apple gadgets and Amazon Kindle eBook readers. For reference see the Top 10 Staples Black Friday deals from 2014.