Stores opening Thanksgiving night for Black Friday

Stores opening Thanksgiving night for Black Friday

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Target and Toys 'R' Us are joining the growing list of stores opening on Thanksgiving night, as opposed to early in the morning on Black Friday.

The retailers made the announcement Monday. Some believe Black Friday starting so early takes away the whole purpose of the holiday.

"That's a day to give thanks, and we don't need to be sitting with our products that day," said shopper Tootsie Neely, who does not support the idea.

"This will make people go out and shop, when you need to be with family," shopper Shella Bird said, who has the same opinion.

Others feel the early opening is a smart business idea. After all, stores make about a third of their annual sales during the event.

"It's good with the way the economy is doing right now," Ivy Farrow said. "Either way, people are going to eat Thanksgiving dinner that night. So if you want to shop that night you'll do it."

Several online petitions have been created asking the shops to stay closed on Thanksgiving. Some were put up by staff who do not want to work the holiday.

"It'll definitely be different, but I'm sure it'll be good," said Alicia Chesney, a Target cashier coming in to work on Thanksgiving night.

The whole issue brings up how early Christmas is being marketed overall. At Target in East Knoxville, Christmas decorations are on display.

"They push it too far ahead," Neely said. "I feel like Thanksgiving should be over before they put Christmas displays up."

"I feel like every year they take the Christ out of Christmas," Bird said.

While hardcore shoppers may go out and shop, others say they'll be celebrating Thanksgiving the traditional way.

"I will be cooking my turkey and having family over. Just like always," Neely said.

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