Some Stores Opening at Midnight for Black Friday

November 21, 2011

Apple’s chain of retail stores has not succumbed to the now-popular trend of opening on Thanksgiving day to begin the United States holiday shopping season. However, a handful of Apple stores will open at midnight on Black Friday to accommodate eager shoppers, and one store will be open until 2 a.m. According to holiday hours just posted for Apple’s stores, most in the United States will open at from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. this Friday. A very few stores will open at 10 a.m., and five stores will open at 4 a.m. At the other end of the shopping day, many stores will stay open an hour longer during December, usually 10 p.m. As always, the Fifth Avenue (NYC) store will be open 24 hours throughout the holiday season, including on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Obviously, international stores will not observe Thankgiving, but will have special hours of operation in the weeks before Christmas. Among the individual holiday listings of U.S. store hours, the Topanga (S. Calif.) store has the oddest: opening at 4 p.m. and closing at 4 p.m. on Black Friday, an obvious mistake.

The Fifth Avenue (NYC) store will close at 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving day to allow the staff to prepare for Black Friday. The store will open one hour later, at midnight on Friday.

Incredibly, the Royal Hawaiian (Hi.) store will offer 16 hours of shopping for tourists on Thanksgiving, opening at 10 a.m. Thursday and closing at 2 a.m. on Black Friday. The store will then re-open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday and close at 10 p.m.

Those stores opening at midnight on November 25th are:

  • Arden Fair (N. Calif.)
  • Galleria at Roseville (N. Calif.)
  • Vintage Faire Mall (N. Calif.)
  • Fashion Fair (N. Calif.)
  • Orland Square (Ill.)

Inexplicably, the first four stores are all in the Central Valley of California.

Those stores opening at 4 a.m. on Black Friday are:

  • Rockingham (NH)
  • King of Prussia (Penn.)
  • Southdale (Minn.)
  • Tacoma Mall (Wash.)
  • Santa Rosa Plaza (N. Calif.)
  • Summit (Ohio)
  • Stoneridge (N. Calif.)
  • Southcenter (Wash.)
  • Smith Haven Mall (NY)
  • South Hills Village (Penn.)
  • West Town Mall (Tenn.)
  • Pleasant Lane (NY)
  • University Park Mall (Ind.)
  • Burlington Mall (Mass.)
  • Fifth Avenue Mall (Alaska)
  • Lehigh Valley Mall (Penn.)
  • Woodfield (Ill.)
  • Ala Moana (Hi.)
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joopnsf November 22, 2011 at 0747

sad… apple is really stooping low. central valley? where unemployment is the highest in the state of CA? wow, who was the genius behind that decision. oh, that’s right, they’re not hitting their numbers, so they get to open 10 hours early to make up for it… BTW, Lehigh Valley is in PA, not GA


Gary Allen November 22, 2011 at 1107

Thanks for noticing the wrong state…I’ve corrected it.


Apple Creative November 23, 2011 at 1819

For the record, a lot of the stores that are opening early are in a *mall* where Apple does not have control of the opening times


Gary November 23, 2011 at 1930

Correct. I ran out of energy analyzing the Black Friday store hours, to see if longer hours were in the street-level stores.


Poghnjjg November 26, 2011 at 0045

@joopnsf– really? Ok. Think what you may. If it makes you feel better, that’s fine. You clearly need it


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