Here are some of the top Black Friday deals
Nov. 26, 2013 at 5:26 a.m.
Updated Nov. 27, 2013 at 5:27 a.m.
HOURS FOR THE EARLY BIRDS
Crossroads stores that will open early for Black Friday deals include:
• Academy Sports + Outdoors: 5 a.m. Friday
• Aeropostale: Midnight Thursday
• American Eagle: 8 p.m. Thursday
• Arts, Etc.: 8 a.m. Friday
• Bath and Body Works: 8 p.m. Thursday
• Bealls: 6 p.m. Thursday
• Bed Bath and Beyond: 6 a.m. Friday
• Best Buy: 6 p.m. Thursday
• Big Lots: 6 a.m. Friday
• Body Central: 11 p.m. Thursday
• Buckle: 8 p.m. Thursday
• Cato Fashions: 7 a.m. Friday
• Champs: 8 p.m. Thursday
• The Children's Place: 7 p.m. Thursday
• Claire's: 8 a.m. Friday
• Crazy 8: Midnight Thursday
• Dillard's: 8 a.m. Friday
• Finish Line: 8 p.m. Thursday
• Footlocker: 8 a.m. Friday
• GameStop: Midnight Thursday
• Gordon's Jewelers: 8 a.m. Friday
• H-E-B Plus!: 6 a.m. Friday
• Hibbett Sporting Goods: 8 a.m. Friday
• J.C. Penney Co.: 8 p.m. Thursday
• Journeys: 8 p.m. Thursday
• Justice: Midnight Thursday
• Kohl's: 8 p.m. Thursday
• Lowe's: 5 a.m. Friday
• Maurices: 8 p.m.-midnight Thursday, reopens at 8 a.m. Friday
• Melrose Family Fashions: Midnight Thursday
• Office Depot, 7708 N.E. Zac Lentz Parkway location: 8 p.m. Thursday
• Payless ShoeSource Victoria Mall location: 8 a.m. Friday
• Perfumania: Midnight Thursday
• Petsmart: 7 a.m. Friday
• Pier One: 8 a.m. Friday
• RadioShack, 8902 N. Navarro St. location: 8 a.m. Friday
• Regal Jewelers: 8 a.m. Friday
• Ross Dress For Less: 5 a.m. Friday
• Rue 21: 8 p.m. Thursday
• Sears: 8 p.m. Thursday
• T.J. Maxx: 7 a.m. Friday
• Target: 8 p.m. Thursday
• Things Remembered: 8 a.m. Friday
• Tractor Supply Co.: 6 a.m. Friday
• Trudy's Hallmark: 8 a.m. Friday
• Victoria's Secret: Midnight Thursday
• Wal-Mart: Sales events at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday
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White meat or dark? Stuffing or dressing? Kids' table or a seat with the grown-ups?
Thanksgiving might come with its share of decisions, but the choices don't end once the meal does. One post-turkey tradition - Black Friday shopping - brings its own slew of decisions to the mix.
The National Retail Federation, in a news release, estimates as many as 140 million people will hit the stores between Thursday and Sunday, grabbing up gifts for the holiday season. And that means big-name retailers offering up deals to draw in the people.
Here is a look at some of the buys national chains are advertising for the big day.
65-inch Samsung Smart 3-D LED TV
Xbox 360 Kinect bundle
Includes 4 GB Xbox 360, Kinect sensor, two games, wireless controller and one month membership to Xbox Live Gold
iPad mini, 16 GB with Wi-Fi
Comes with a $100 Wal-Mart gift card
DeWalt four-tool, 18-volt cordless combo kit
Includes two batteries and a charger
J.C. Penney Co.:
13-piece Cooks nonstick, hand-anodized cookware
$79.99 after mail-in rebate
1 1/2-carat diamond earrings in white gold
HP Pavilion TouchSmart laptop
Comes with AMD A10 quad-core processor, 8 GB memory and 1 TB hard drive
Sources: Best Buy website, BlackFriday.com, J.C. Penney website, Office Depot website, TheBlackFriday.com and Wal-Mart website