Middle TN Stores Open Early For Thanksgiving, Black Friday Sales

Posted at 5:07 PM, Nov 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-24 23:36:51-05

Shoppers wanting to get a jump on holiday shopping didn't have to wait until Black Friday, since many stories opened on Thanksgiving night.

An estimated 137 million Americans are expected to shop on Black Friday through Thanksgiving weekend.

Many of those will be right here in malls and stores across Middle Tennessee.

  • Opry Mills: 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. Thanksgiving Day and 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Black Friday
  • Cool Springs Galleria: Closed on Thanksgiving Day (except for stores with outdoor entrances) and opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday
  • Rivergate Mall: 6 a.m. on Black Friday
  • One Hundred Oaks Mall 6 a.m. Black Friday
  • The Mall at Green Hills: 8 a.m.

Lines formed outside of major retailers in Nashville on Thanksgiving Day. The lie at the Madison Toys "R" Us wrapped around the building.

Customers line up at the Rivergate Toys "R" Us even stood in line so long that they recorded a mannequin challenge.

The same went for folks at the Best Buy in Nashville West. Angie Tatum got there to line up at 6 a.m.

She says she's been the first in line there for several years.

Hundreds of others waited behind her Thursday to take advantage of some of the discounted items as well.

Tatum said her drive to be first in the door started after she arrived to a Black Friday sale years ago, and ended up stuck in the back of the line.

"It was down past the McDonalds, it felt like! Tatum said, "It was cold, like 4 o'clock in the morning.  I said, 'Never again!'"

The Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales take place ahead of Small Business Saturday --a day that encourages people to patronize local businesses -- and Cyber Monday, when retailers offer discounts online.

Last month, the national retail federation forecast more than $655 billion in holiday sales - an increase of 3.6 percent over 2015.