By LISA M. HOFFMANN
IRON MOUNTAIN - Black Friday deals will start earlier this year with many area stores opening on Thanksgiving Day and offering deals on everything from household items to clothes, jewelry and electronics.
Toy Specialist Lucas Davidson of Iron Mountain stocks Furby’s on the shelves at K-Mart in Iron Mountain. The Furby is one of the top 15 Christmas toys this season.
There are 19 business flyers featured in today's Daily News highlighting the pre-Black Friday and Black Friday deals and sales.
Kmart is open on Thanksgiving Day, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Iron Mountain Kmart store will then close for four hours and reopen at 8 p.m. on Thursday with Pre-Black Friday sales until 3 a.m. Friday.
After that sale, Kmart will then close for two hours and reopen at 5 a.m. Friday with door buster sales until 11 a.m.
Kmart, which is offering 1,804 deals, will then remain open until 11 p.m. Friday.
Jason Dulinsky, store manager for Kmart in Iron Mountain, said Thursday night sales will be better deals than the Thursday morning and Friday sales.
"There are deals on everything," he said. "Buy one, get one free in the shoe department, an $80 TV, domestic, home furnishings and small appliances. It's a first-come, first-serve basis."
Kmart's Black Friday deals are on furniture, toys, clothes, tools, tablets and TV's.
The sales include 50 percent off girl's toys and 40 percent off boy's toys, 20 percent off TV's, five to 10 percent off featured electronics, furniture, baby gear, clothing, patio furniture, kitchen appliances, tools, gadgets, items for the home, bed and bath, Christmas items, and 5 percent off fitness and sporting goods and video games.
Dulinsky added the store will be heavily-staffed and ready for a high volume of customers during its three events.
Walgreens will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday.
One hundred eighty-two deals being offered are on regular household items as well as health and beauty products and electronics.
A selection of early bird specials will be available on Thanksgiving Day. Most of the deals will only be available with the Walgreens Balance Reward, which is available at the store at no cost.
Shopko in Kingsford will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will reopen at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night with 805 deals on items such as electronics and jewelry.
Sales go until noon Friday, and the store will remain open until 11 p.m. Friday.
"Our customers have told us they are pressed for time and want flexible and convenient options for their holiday shopping, so we are offering all of our door buster specials right when our doors open so customers don't have to wait for staggered specials to occur throughout the night," said Mike Bettiga, Shopko Interim CEO, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Bettiga added that in the company's larger markets, Shopko stores will deliver great value on the newest and hottest items in all of our departments on both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.
Walmart in Iron Mountain will remain open with its regular 24-hour schedule, but has three different events planned.
The first event begins at 8 p.m. Thursday (Thanksgiving night) with family specials. The second event will begin at 10 p.m. Thursday with specials on electronics and gadgets, and more deals on TV's, clothes and jewelry will be available at 5 a.m. Friday (Black Friday).
Walmart is promoting 1,404 deals this shopping season.
Tractor Supply in Iron Mountain will open at 6 a.m. Friday.
JCPenney in Kingsford will open at 6 a.m. Friday and close at 11 p.m.
Shopko Hometown locations will offer the same deals. All items offered at door buster prices will be available while supplies last.
Different store hours are to gain market share this year.
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