There will be ample opportunity to visit two of Juneau’s largest retailers this holiday shopping season. Wal-Mart and Fred Meyer are both holding sales for the big-ticket items but on different days.
Wal-Mart will be open like usual on Thursday with the first batch of sales beginning at 6 p.m. and the second starting at 8 p.m.
The sale prices for the house wares, home section and apparel merchandise go into effect with the first event, and the larger items like table games and electronics go on sale at 8 p.m.
“The majority of the (more expensive) items will be given in queue lines, so we won’t be distributing them until the event starts,” said Chris Abernathy, manager of the Juneau Wal-Mart.
A detailed list of what is on sale and when, and a map of where lines will form for specific items can be found at walmart.com.
Fred Meyer will kick off the holiday shopping season Thursday at 7 a.m. with sales on storage items, Christmas lights, cookware, TV tray sets, chairs and some toys.
The retailer is opting to close its doors at 4 p.m. in honor of the holiday.
“We close at 4 p.m. so our associates can have some family time on Thanksgiving Day,” said store director Ken Antcliff. “I know some of our competitors are going to be open Thanksgiving night, which is odd to me.”
The store will reopen Friday for its Black Friday sale, which will feature home and general merchandise along with the electronics sales.
Juneau’s own Nugget Alaska Outfitters will be closed Thursday so employees can spend the entire day with their families, owner Ron Flint said.
“We’re always closed on Thanksgiving, and that’s the way we’re going to keep it,” he said.
The doors will open at 7 a.m. with 50 percent off on a large selection of fleece wear, socks, women’s bags and some mittens. There will also be other items on sale, but those sales are not directly tied to Black Friday, Flint said.
“It’s got to have an application around here,” Flint said of choosing what items to put on sale for the big shopping day. “We look for something people need or would want to get for Christmas.”