8. Old Navy (NYSE: GPS)
> 2015 retail sales: $6.0 billion
> U.S. locations: 1,013
> Headquarters: San Francisco, California
Old Navy is the largest and most profitable brand owned by The Gap, Inc, the parent company of other brands such as Gap, Banana Republic, and Athleta. Old Navy is also the only brand the company owns that has so far announced it will open its doors to deal seekers on Thanksgiving Day.
This year, Old Navy is offering Black Friday bargain hunters 50% off everything in the store starting on November 23, the day before Thanksgiving. The sale will continue as stores open again on Thanksgiving Day at 4 p.m. and remain open for 32 straight hours, until midnight on Black Friday.
7. Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS)
> 2015 retail sales: $19.2 billion
> U.S. locations: 1,164
> Headquarters: Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
This year, Kohl’s locations nationwide will open their doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, remaining open through Black Friday. However, deal seekers do not necessarily need to leave their home to take advantage of sales at Kohl’s. For the first time, the same in-store Black Friday discounts will also be available to online shoppers.
Historically, about 30% of the company’s annual sales occur in November and December. How online Black Friday deals will affect total holiday sales remains to be seen. Kohl’s will hire 69,000 temporary employees this year to account for the anticipated spike in shoppers over the holiday season.
6. Dollar General (NYSE: DG)
> 2015 retail sales: $20.4 billion
> U.S. locations: 12,575
> Headquarters: Goodlettsville, Tennessee
Dollar General locations across the 43 states will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The discount retailer is offering Thanksgiving Day sales on everyday items, from soda and chips to consumer electronics and holiday decorations. Fourth quarter sales, which include Thanksgiving and Black Friday, typically contribute an outsized share to the chain’s annual revenue.
Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals at Dollar General are available to more and more Americans every year. In each of the last three years, the chain has reported a net increase of more than 600 stores.