Retailers and Shoppers Prep for Black Friday

Retailers and Shoppers Prep for Black Friday

Stores are opening Thanksgiving Day and shoppers have mixed feelings.
"I hate more that things are open on Thursday…. because of the people that work there, they can't be with their families." - Lynne & Keith Apple
 

It’s the week of Black Friday and retailers are competing for your money. Black Friday has slowly turned into black Thursday with retail doors opening as early as 5 pm Thanksgiving evening.

"We know that last year 35 million shoppers were out in stores and shopping online on Thanksgiving Day and we're fully expecting to see just as many people this year," said Kathy Grannis with the National Retail Federation.

Lynne and Keith Apple say the day just isn’t for them.

"I hate more that things are open on Thursday…. because of the people that work there, they can't be with their families," they said.

Other shoppers are more interested in online deals.

"I'm more of a Cyber Monday kind of guy," said a shopper.

"We love Cyber Monday," said more consumers.

Vijay Nangli says he has his eye on one particular deal.

"A Mac Book pro…. right now the price is $1299 but Best Buy is doing it for $1099," said Nangli.

Despite the early hours, Black Friday still draws in the biggest crowd of consumers. The National Retail Federation says 46 percent of shoppers will take advantage of the sales and 34 percent will return throughout the weekend.

More than 20 local stores will not be able to participate in Black Friday this week. Those are stores in the Glenbrook mall that have been damaged because of a water pipe that burst. Damaged stores have been closed more than three weeks.

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