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Black Friday 2012: A Local Guide to Best Deals

We've got some Black Friday sales and what's happening nearby.

After giving thanks and enjoying the family holiday, some people like to get a jump on holiday shopping and head out to area stores offering early specials for Christmas. 

If that's your plan, here's the low-down on where to go, with links to the store's ads. 

Green Brook

  • Harbor Freight will feature special Black Friday Deals available online Thursday, but the store will be closed until Friday.
  • Staples opens at 5 a.m. Friday—check the website to see the specials.

Watchung

  • Wal-mart: The store plans to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for what Wal-Mart calls as Event 1. Event 2, with "hot deals," is scheduled for 10 p.m., but Watchung Borough is barring stores from being open from 10 p.m. to midnight.
  • Target: Will open at 9 p.m. Thursday, but also must close from 10 p.m. to midnight. Special offers through the night.
  • Kohl's: Opens at midnight with early bird specials overnight.
  • Sears: Opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, with "Door Buster specials." The store will also be required to close from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Bridgewater

  • Bridgewater Commons Mall—The mall will be on its holiday hours, and it will be open beginning at 6 a.m. Friday. But some stores will be opening even earlier than that. For those who are hungry, Sbarros will be opening Thursday at 9 p.m., Banana’s will open at 9:30 p.m. and Starbucks inside the mall will be open at 10:30 p.m. Then, opening at midnight Friday will be Aeropostale, American Eagle, Baja B Que, Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, Eddie Bauer, Express, Forever 21, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, Macy’s, Nathan’s, PS by Aeropostale,Things Remembered and Wet Seal. Zumiez will open at 4 a.m. Check the mall’s website for special holiday hours from Thanksgiving through Christmas.
  • Best Buy—The store, on Commons Way, will be open beginning at 12 a.m. Friday, and they will be handing out tickets up to two hours prior to the midnight opening. All Black Friday sales will last from Thursday through Saturday. Check the website for full details on deals.
  • Old Navy—The store is bringing "Cheermageddon" to the masses, with the store opening at midnight Friday with sales, and a free New Super Mario Bros for the new Wii U System with any $40 purchase.
  • Barnes & Noble—The store is having special hours, with it opening from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Black Friday. The store is closed Thanksgiving Day.
  • The Children’s Place—The store, in Bridgewater Town Center on Route 202, will be holding special hours on Black Friday, open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. for all your shopping needs.

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