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Black Friday Sales 2021: Store, Mall Hours In Rhode Island

Patch logo Patch 11/24/2021 Rachel Nunes
Black Friday falls on Nov. 26 this year. Millions of Americans are now vaccinated against the coronavirus, which means many die-hard shoppers are planning a return to Black Friday normalcy. © David Allen/Patch Black Friday falls on Nov. 26 this year. Millions of Americans are now vaccinated against the coronavirus, which means many die-hard shoppers are planning a return to Black Friday normalcy.

PROVIDENCE, RI — Last year, the coronavirus pandemic changed Black Friday as Americans knew it. Retailers in Rhode Island cut back hours. Some moved sales online to avoid large crowds in stores.

Black Friday falls on Nov. 26 this year. Millions of Americans are now vaccinated against the coronavirus, which means many die-hard shoppers are planning a return to Black Friday normalcy.

Not so fast, some experts say.

While coronavirus may not be top of mind as Americans hit the lines outside their favorite retailers, the ongoing global supply chain issues could take a huge bite out of their Black Friday fun.

RELATED: 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Thanks to supply chain issues, many popular holiday gifts will be in short supply or more expensive than usual. While sales might be starting sooner this year, shoppers might not see the steep discounts they’re used to on Black Friday, CBS News reported citing Consumer Reports. The problem could be worse for new or in-demand products such as high-tech toys.

Still, some shoppers aren’t likely to miss out on their favorite holiday tradition.


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As you plan this year’s Black Friday itinerary, you’ll want to know when malls are open in Rhode Island:

  • Providence Place: Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Warwick Mall: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A recent survey by Gallup found Americans plan to spend an average of $837 on gifts this season, up just slightly from the $805 they estimated they would spend last year.

Both pandemic-era estimates are lower than what Gallup found in the preceding few years, including the record-high $942 recorded in 2019.

Meanwhile, the National Retail Federation is predicting holiday spending this year has the potential to shatter previous records. The organization has predicted holiday sales will increase between 8.5 percent and 10.5 percent over 2020, meaning shoppers intend to spend about $859 billion.

If you are planning to shop in person, here are this year’s Black Friday store hours, according to BlackFriday.com, TheBlackFriday.com and Good Housekeeping; however, Patch encourages calling ahead to confirm exact hours with your specific location:

  • Ace Hardware: Closed Thanksgiving; Black Friday hours vary by franchise.
  • Apple: Closed Thanksgiving; open regular hours on Black Friday.
  • Ashley HomeStore: Closed Thanksgiving; open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday.
  • Barnes & Noble: Closed Thanksgiving; open 8 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Bath & Body Works: Closed on Thanksgiving; open 6 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond: Closed Thanksgiving; open 6 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Best Buy: Closed Thanksgiving; open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday.
  • Big Lots: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving; open 6 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Burlington: Closed Thanksgiving; Black Friday hours vary by location
  • CVS: Most locations open Thanksgiving; open regular hours Black Friday.
  • Dick's Sporting Goods: Closed Thanksgiving; open 5 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Dollar General: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thanksgiving; open 7 a.m. Black Friday.
  • DSW: Closed Thanksgiving; Black Friday hours vary by location.
  • Family Dollar: Open 8 a.m. Thanksgiving; open 8 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Five Below: Closed Thanksgiving; open 8 a.m. Black Friday.
  • GameStop: Closed Thanksgiving; open 7 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Gap: Closed Thanksgiving; some stores open 7 a.m. Black Friday. Call ahead to confirm hours.
  • Harbor Freight Tools: Closed Thanksgiving; open 7 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Hobby Lobby: Closed Thanksgiving; open regular hours Black Friday.
  • Home Depot: Closed Thanksgiving; open 6 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Home Goods: Closed Thanksgiving; open regular hours Black Friday.
  • Ikea: Closed Thanksgiving; open regular hours Black Friday.
  • JCPenney: Closed Thanksgiving; open 5 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Joann Fabrics: Closed Thanksgiving; open 6 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Kmart: Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thanksgiving; open 6 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Kohl’s: Closed Thanksgiving; open 5 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Lowe’s: Closed Thanksgiving; open 6 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Macy’s: Closed Thanksgiving; open 6 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Marshalls: Closed Thanksgiving; open 8 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Michaels: Closed Thanksgiving; open 7 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Nordstrom: Closed Thanksgiving; open 9 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Old Navy: Closed Thanksgiving; open 12 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Petco: Closed Thanksgiving; open 8 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Sephora: Closed Thanksgiving; check mall hours for Black Friday.
  • Staples: Closed Thanksgiving; open 9 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Target: Closed Thanksgiving; open 7 a.m. Black Friday.
  • TJ Maxx: Closed Thanksgiving; open 8 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Tractor Supply Co.: Closed Thanksgiving; open 6 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Ulta: Closed Thanksgiving; open 6 a.m. Black Friday.
  • Victoria’s Secret: Closed Thanksgiving; check mall hours for Black Friday.
  • Walmart: Closed Thanksgiving; open 5 a.m. Black Friday

To avoid overspending on holiday gifts, it’s important to make a list, set a budget and stick to it. Also, know your shopping triggers. For example, many people can’t resist a sale. But not all bargains are created equal, and shoppers should be wary of the “buy more, save more” types of deals.

“You think you are getting a better value when you see $10 off $50 or $20 off $50, but it’s the same percent discount, so don’t let that discount claim make you spend more,” consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch told CNBC.

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