Black Friday deals start Thanksgiving Day this year.
Kmart plans to be open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and then reopen 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. for its first holiday sales. A second round of sales starts at 5 a.m.
Rock Island store supervisor Tara Rednour, 21,said Kmart always has customers waiting, even on Thanksgiving morning, and stays busy all day.This will be her fifth year working Thanksgiving and Black Friday for Kmart.
"It doesn't bother me because we get paid time and a half, and I'm a college student," she said. "They make us dinner."
Best Buy plans to hand out tickets for limited items at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day before opening at midnight. People began waiting in line three days early last year, said Moline store associate Nicole Weber.
"The line went through the parking lot and into the street," she said.
Davenport Toys R Us store manager Vicki Fyfe said they will offer specific deals 8-10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. The hours, she said, are likely due to competitors also opening earlier.
Ms. Fyfe said several hundred people waited for hours last year in a line that crossed Welcome Way and into the parking lot of Northwest Bank. The store was filled to its capacity of 1,200 people, she said.
"We get no bad feedback from employees," said Ms. Fyfe. "People volunteer to work; they sign up on a sheet. When they're done, they usually go off shopping themselves."
SouthPark Mall in Moline and NorthPark Mall in Davenport will open their doors at 10:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day so people won't have to wait outside, said marketing manager Aleshia Chiesa. Most of the malls' retailers plan to open at midnight and will remain open until 9 p.m. Nov. 23.
Sears will open its exterior doors even earlier, at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Younkers will open at midnight.
"Since the retailers determine their holiday hours, we go by that," said Ms. Chiesa. "We try to make it as positive for everybody as possible and hopefully it helps them through the holiday season. I'm excited and ready to go!"
A California Target employee has begun a national petition against Thanksgiving Day sales.This year Target opens at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, three hours ealier than last year.
Moline Target store manager Andie Weigel declined to comment on Black Friday hours or employee attitudes.
"The holiday season is highly competitive, and Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year," Target's national media spokesperson Jenna Reck stated in an email. "Our opening time this year reflects the feedback we have heard from our guests – many prefer to shop following their family gatherings rather than in the very early hours of the morning."
Von Maur plans no early start to Black Friday.Advertising manager Amy Davis said the chain does not force customers to get up early or stay up late.The stores will close at 4 p.m. Nov. 21 and remain closed Thanksgiving Day.
"Von Maur respects employees being able to spend holidays with their family," said advertising assistant Mara Toay. "Our Black Friday shopping isn't quite like everyone else's. We offer no special deals. It's mostly business as usual."
Beginning Black Friday early
A sampling of retailers' hours Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 23 include:
-- Kmart: 6 a.m to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day; 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Nov. 23; 5 a.m. on Nov. 23.
-- Walmart: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
-- Sears: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
-- Target: 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
-- Toys R Us: 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
-- SouthPark and NorthPark Malls: Midnight Nov. 23
Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2013. There are 26 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A new passenger car has been placed on the Coal Valley railroad, and R.R. Cable is running the trains at present. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. G.W. Gue preached a convincing sermon on the need of a new First Methodist Church in Rock Island 1913 -- 100 years ago: Dr. W.S. Marquis preached his farewell sermon at Broadway Presbyterian Church to the combined congregations from First Methodist, First Baptist, United Presbyterian and South Park Presbyterian churches. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's mayor is seeking to enforce the rules governing PWA projects in the city which state that local men are to be hired for the work. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Argus Santa Claus requests that the names of needy Rock Island boys and girls through 12 years of age be registered by parents or guardians from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11or Dec. 14. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Alcoa and its employee union have reached tentative agreement on a 43-month labor contract covering about 7,500 workers at six plants, including 1,900 employees at Alcoa's Davenport Works, company and union officials said today.