Target is the latest retailer to announce it will kick off Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving.
The Minneapolis-based chain will open stores at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and remain open until 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.
Target is opening an hour earlier than last year and joins a number of other retailers opening at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, including Bon-Ton, J.C. Penney, Kohl's, Macy's and Sears.
But an 8 p.m. start is not the earliest opening time for Black Friday sales.
- Best Buy will open at 6 p.m.
- Old Navy will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, and will reopen at 7 p.m. that evening and stay open through Black Friday.
- Kmart will open at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day and remain open until 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.
-Toys R Us will open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
A holiday shopping season that once began at about 5 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving has slowly crept into the traditional turkey dinner.
Several years ago, some stores started offering 12 a.m. deals, and then a few years ago Walmart offered doorbusters at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, and two years ago Toys R Us opened at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Last year, many retailers opened at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, including Kmart, Sears and Walmart.
This year, Toys R Us will open three hours earlier than in 2012, and analysts predict Walmart to follow suit.
Walmart has not yet announced its Black Friday hours.