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Shoppers Take Advantage As More Stores Open On Thanksgiving Day
By SP_COP on November 28, 2014 | From
Shoppers Take Advantage As More Stores Open On Thanksgiving Day More retailers opened their doors Thanksgiving Day to offer early holiday shopping deals.

As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported, shoppers took advantage of the deal around the clock. They flooded the Kmart in Midtown Thursday night – getting a jumpstart on Black Friday instead of resting up for the occasion.

Some admitted feeling a little guilty carving out this time away from family on Thanksgiving.

“It’s unethical,” said Samantha Peterkin-Burkett. “I really, really feel bad.”

But others had no reservations, and they joined an estimated 25.6 million Thanksgiving Day shoppers.

And every year the number grows, impacting the bottom line for Black Friday merchants.

“I think having more stores open on Thanksgiving Day takes away from Black Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,” said Dana Telsey of the Telsey Advisory Group. “It extends and spreads out the amount of shopping that’s done.”

Some shoppers said they find a way to make everything work.

“I still get time enough to go get dinner with my family,” said one man named Dwayne.

WCBS 880’s Jim Smith also found a huge crowd lined up Thursday night at a Walmart in Linden, New Jersey. They had all pushed turkey to the backburner to cash in on savings.

Lisa from Elizabeth had a cart filled to the brim. She made off with a slow cooker, pajamas, toys, and a big clock.

“I did great – great,” she said. “I’ve been here since 2 o’clock. I did a good job.”

Carey, also from Elizabeth, said a deal on a new television made spending Thanksgiving shopping all worthwhile.

“It’s very cheap – 50-inch for $218,” she said. “You can’t beat that.”

A huge crowd also formed in front of the door at Macy’s Herald Square, 1010 WINS’ Darius Radzius reported. Shoppers came from as far away as Pennsylvania and Boston.

And as CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, many shoppers at the Garden State Plaza said they did indeed find plenty of deals too good to pass up.

“Thirteen piece cookware for like, $30,” said Don Chu.

“Coffee makers for $10,” said Minna Zhang.

Cekuan James of Teaneck found a pair of Ugg slippers for his girlfriend and a pair of moccasins for his sister.

And some people were buying for themselves too.

“I got a Michael Kors bag,” a woman said. “It was really good — they gave me 20 percent off.”

The action started before dawn. About a dozen people were waiting in line Thursday when the White Plains Kmart opened at 6 a.m., CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.

“Dinner’s not until about like 4 o’clock, so we’ve got a lot of time to go shopping,” said shopper Kayla Span said.

“I’m glad they’re here so we can get their merchandise,” another woman said.

The Kmart, which had expected a steady stream of people throughout the day, is one of several stores and malls opening Thursday in the area. In New Jersey, the Westfield Garden State Plaza and Paramus Park malls was to be open from 6 to 11 p.m.

At Woodbury Common in the Hudson Valley, shoppers also braved light snow to take advantage of bargains before their dinner.

“Avoiding tomorrow, so thinking today might be a little less people around,” one woman said.

“I got some Uggs for $200, so we’re having the greatest time out here,” a woman said.

And in Midtown, a Modell’s Sporting Goods store was packed with customers and workers. Store manager Amanda Fuentes said her employees were making sacrifices to be at work instead of home, so she tried to make it festive for them....
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