Walmart officially unveils Black Friday circular online

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart on Thursday officially released its Black Friday circular on its website and Facebook page to help families save money this holiday season, and will host shopping events as early as 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

"Our customers told us they would rather stay up late to shop than get up early, so we're going to hold special events on Thanksgiving and Black Friday," Walmart U.S. chief merchandising officer Duncan Mac Naughton said. "We'll have this season's hottest gifts at prices only Walmart can provide. And by sharing our Black Friday specials earlier than ever, we hope to make buying decisions easier for parents working hard to give their families the Christmas they deserve."

The retailer is hosting three special-shopping events in its stores. The special sales events include: toys, home and apparel at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day; electronics at midnight on Black Friday; and gifts for the whole family, in addition to electronics and more, at 8 a.m. on Black Friday and throughout the weekend. Customers are encouraged to contact their local store for details. Similarly, Walmart.com also will host all-day savings on Thanksgiving, where shoppers can get online-only specials and save with free "fast, faster, fastest" shipping options.

As part of the Black Friday savings events, Walmart also is helping shoppers plan ahead by posting store-specific maps on Facebook. To access the map, shoppers simply need to find their favorite store by clicking on the "My Local Walmart" application on Walmart's Facebook page.

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