The Thanksgiving dinner leftovers will barely be cold today before millions of Americans head out to retail stores in search of holiday deals.
The National Retail Federation said nearly one-quarter of the 140 million people who plan to shop in stores or online over the “Black Friday” weekend will do so on Thanksgiving Day, or 33 million shoppers.
“Rather than just eating Thanksgiving food and then sitting in front of the TV, you might as well get out and do some walking when you’re shopping,” said Serdar Durmusoglu, a University of Dayton associate professor of marketing.
Today and Friday kick off a holiday season that can account for as much as 40 percent of annual sales for some retailers. Last year, total spending over Black Friday weekend reached a record $59.1 billion, according to the retail federation.
Friday is expected to be the biggest shopping day of the weekend, with more than 69 percent of the people who plan to shop doing so on Black Friday, or about 97 million shoppers, the retail federation said.
Store opening hours
Ashley Furniture HomeStore: Closed today. Open at 6 a.m. Friday
Best Buy: 6 p.m. today
Big Lots: 7 a.m. today
Dick’s Sporting Goods: 8 p.m. today
Dollar General: 7 a.m. today
Elder-Beerman: 8 p.m. today
h.h. gregg: 8 p.m. today
Home Depot: Closed today. Open at 5 a.m. Friday
Ikea: Closed today. Open at 10 a.m. Friday
J.C. Penney: 8 p.m. today
Kmart: 6 a.m. today
Kohls: 8 p.m. today
Lowe’s: Closed today. Open at 5 a.m. Friday
Macy’s: 8 p.m. today
Meijer: Open 24 hours. Black Friday deals start at 6 a.m. today
Morris Home Furnishings: Closed today. Open at 6 a.m. Friday
Old Navy: 9 a.m. today
Sears: 8 p.m. today
Target: 8 p.m. today
Toys R Us: 5 p.m. today
Von Maur: Closed today. Open at 9 a.m. Friday
Wal-Mart: Open 24 hours. Black Friday deals start at 6 p.m. today
Shopping mall opening hours
Cincinnati Premium Outlets: Select stores open at 8 p.m. today
Dayton Mall: Select stores open at 8 p.m. today
The Greene Town Center: Old Navy opens at 9 a.m. today; Forever 21 opens at 4 p.m. today
The Mall at Fairfield Commons: Select stores open at 8 p.m. today
Miami Valley Centre Mall in Piqua: Select stores open at 8 p.m. today
Tanger Outlets in Jeffersonville: 10 p.m. today
Upper Valley Mall in Springfield: 8 p.m. today