It’s still almost two months until Thanksgiving, but a growing list of national retailers say they will stay closed on the holiday itself and start their big sales on Black Friday.
Websites such as bfads.net, which are dedicated to posting Black Friday hours as soon as they are announced, say Gamestop, Home Depot, Nordstrom and Costco will be closed on Thanksgiving again this year to let their employees enjoy the holiday with their families instead of staffing the cash registers.
Other stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, according to BlackFriday.com, are BJs, Fred’s Pharmacy, Game Stop, Harbor Freight, Lowe’s, Pier 1 Imports, Petco, PetSmart, Sam’s Club, TJ Maxx, Tractor Supply Co. and Dillard’s.
National retailers such as Kohl’s, Target and Wal-Mart are expected to begin announcing their hours in about a week — but they have already released their lists of top toys for 2016.
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Elmo is back, and this time he’s a high-tech Love2Learn Elmo with an an app that helps young kids learn numbers, colors and letters.
Target is focusing on STEM toys (science, technology, engineering and math), even for young kids, with the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar. The store also is promoting perennial favorite toys such as Barbie, Hot Wheels and LEGOs, which parents and grandparents may once have had on their own Christmas lists.
Kohl’s is teaming up with American Girl to carry the 2016 Girl of the Year products and new WellieWishers line.
For the little kids, Kmart puts Paw Patrol Zooming Marshall and Matchbox Stinky the Garbage Truck on the top toy list, along with something called the LEGO Star Wars: Carbon-Freezing Chamber.
Wal-Mart has children’s categories — The Humanitarian would like Little Live Pets Puppy; The Dreamer would want the Barbie Rainbow Cove Princess Castle Playset; and The Thrill-Seeker would be delighted to unwrap the Pie Face Showdown Game.
Hot toys for 2016
A partial list of retailers with Coast stores and what they expect to be the most popular toys this Christmas:
Kmart: Play-Doh Picnic Adventure, Disney Tsum Tsum 9-Pack, Nintendo Mini RC Racer, DC Super Hero Girls Action Dolls, Hasbro Bop It!
Kohl’s: BB8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero, Razor Hovertrax 2.0, Magformers Rainbow 30-Piece Set, Y-Volution Y-Fliker Air A1 Scooter, Funko POP! Five Nights at Freddy’s Collectibles
Target: Star Wars X-wing vs. Death Star Assault, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toys, Pokémon Sun or Moon Nintendo 3DS games, Our Generation doll
Wal-Mart: Sky Viper Streaming Drone, Star Wars Electronic R2D2, Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Batcave, Tyco Terra Climber Remote Control Vehicle