Follow the action as Black Friday unfolds around region
Nov 22, 2012 (The Akron Beacon Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
After weeks of scrounging the Internet for clues and awaiting Thanksgiving's official arrival of the Black Friday print ads in the Beacon Journal -- the wait is just about over.
One of the biggest shopping days of the year has yet to start, but some shoppers are already in line -- camped out in tents a week out from the sales at the Cuyahoga Falls Best Buy.
Some retailers will be open all day today. But the long-anticipated "door buster" deals and fun for bargain shoppers doesn't kick off until early Thanksgiving night -- early enough that the turkey will still be warm.
Among the first retailers to offer sales will be Toys R Us, Walmart, Sears and Kmart, where the specials will start at 8 p.m. today.
Target opens an hour later followed by Best Buy, Kohls and Macy's at midnight.
Retailers waiting to open on Friday include Staples, Home Depot and Lowes at 5 a.m., J.C. Penney, Office Max and Jo-Ann Fabrics at 6 a.m. with Dillards and Hobby Lobby at 8 a.m.
Share your shopping plans with us by tweeting. Use the hashtag #ohshops at the end of your tweet to be part of our coverage of the annual shopping event. We will run the tweets and other updates about the big shopping day here at Ohio.com.
2:30 p.m. Wednesday: Marla Ridenour, a Beacon Journal sports columnist, tweeted, "Wondering why such a big crowd at Summit Mall. Already Black Friday at several stores, including Ann Taylor."
12:30 p.m. Thursday: Wayne_In_Akron, a Beacon Journal reader, tweeted, "AM online shop slashed my Blk Fri 'where to be' list. Sweet desktop & laptop deals @BestBuy w/giftcard bonus fuelperks."
1:30 p.m. Thursday: Summit Racing tweeted, "10% off EVERYTHING in store tomorrow at @SummitRacing Tallmadge!"
3:45 p.m. Thursday: Jim Mackinnon, a Beacon Journal business reporter, tweeted, "People Thanksgiving Day shopping at Montrose (OH) Wal-Mart but 8 p.m. sales stuff under wraps. Calm scene."
4 p.m. Thursday: Mackinnon tweeted, "5 tents pitched outside Best Buy in Montrose at 3:50 p.m. Also a truck- pulled camper. No crowds here."
4 p.m. Thursday: Mackinnon tweeted, "Cracker Barrel restaurant in Montrose popular place for Thanksgiving. Full lot. Good turkey dinners "
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