Friday will be the Novi Walmart's first Black Friday since it opened in Novi Town Center this August, and the employees have been preparing for it since opening day.
"We've been planning for three months to provide a safe shopping experience," said store manager Aaron Quimby.
Quimby said he is expecting a big turnout at the Novi store, and that Walmart will have more merchandise this year than ever before.
"We're excited for this year," he said.
Preparations have included ordering merchandise and planning where big items will be stocked throughout the store, how to organize queues for people to wait in line, and where to place personnel.
Walmart will have three major Black Friday events this year, the first one starting at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, Walmart is doing its first ever One-Hour Guarantee for three items. Due to the large quantity of product ordered, Walmart guarantees that customers who are inside the store and in the queue line between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Thursday can purchase the following electronics at these prices:
- Apple iPad2 16GB with WiFi – $399 plus get a $75 Walmart Gift Card
- Emerson 32” 720p LCD TV – $148
- LG Bluray Player – $38
If any of these items sell out before 11 p.m., Walmart will offer a Guarantee Card for the item, which must be paid for by midnight and registered online. The product will then be shipped to the store where it was purchased for the customer to pick up before Christmas.
“We guarantee that you'll get what you came here for," said Quimby.
Customers can prepare for shopping at Walmart by viewing a Black Friday local store map at Walmart.com and on the Novi Walmart Facebook page. Also, for the first time, customers can view an interactive local store map on their mobile phone via the Walmart Mobile App, allowing customers to click on items to see the price, product description and location in the store.
Times & Deals
This year, Walmart will be kicking off its deals at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, followed by its electronics event at 10 p.m. and its Black Friday savings starting at 5 a.m. on Friday.
A few of the top items available in store, while supplies last, include the following:
8 p.m. on Thursday
- Xbox 360 4GB + SkyLanders Bundle – $149
- Wii Console– $89
- More than 100 video games priced at $10, $15 or $25 each
- Top Toys of the Season: Leappad 1.0 Learning Tablet ($65) and Furby ($45)
- Razor Accelerator 12Volt Electric Scooter – $79
- Fisher Price Power Wheels Jeep Wrangler 6Volt Ride Ons (Hot Wheels and
- Barbie) – $89 each
- Licensed Boys’ and Girls’ 2Piece Sleep Set – $4.50 each
- Mens and Ladies Denim – $9.50 each
- Home appliances such as a Crock Pot 6Quart Slow Cooker and Mr. Coffee Programmable 12-Cup Coffee Maker – $9.44 each
- Shark Steam Pocket Mop and Ninja Pulse Blender – $39 each
- Fashion Dolls such as Barbie, Bratz and Disney Princess – $5 each
- Hundreds of DVD and Bluray movies such as Brave, The Amazing Spiderman, and The Hunger Games ranging from $1.96 to $9.96 each
- Better Homes and Gardens 700-Thread Count Sheet Set – $19.96
- 48” AirPowered Hockey Table – $29.86
- 14’ Trampoline with Enclosure and Bonus Flash Light Zone – $159
10 p.m. Thursday
- Vizio 60” 720p LED Smart TV with built in WiFi – $688
- Samsung 43" 720p 600Hz Class Plasma HDTV – $378
- HP 15.6” Laptop with 4GB and 320GB hard drive – $279
- Nikon D3000 Digital Camera with Lens Kit – $449
- Samsung Smart ST195 Digital Camera – $99
- Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones – $179.95
- Nook Color 8GB Tablet – $99
- Virgin Mobile 3G/4G Hotspot – $39.88
5 a.m. Friday
- Sharp 70” 1080p 120Hz HDTV – $1,798
- Acer 13.3” Ultrabook with 4GB and 320GB solid state drive – $499
- $100 Walmart gift card with the purchase of select smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S III, Droid RAZR M by Motorola and HTC One X
- Goodyear Tires ranging from $59 – $99 each
- Forever Bride 1/3 Carat T.W. Diamond Ring in 10K Gold – $198
- Stanley 6Drawer Rolling Tool Cabinet with 85Piece Mechanic Tool Set – $99
- Singer Sew Mate 5400 60Stitch Sewing Machine – $99.97
- 5” PreLit Harrison Christmas Tree – $20
- Better Homes and Gardens Deluxe Recliner – $199