Some people skip the turkey to shop on Thanksgiving

Some people skip the turkey to shop on Thanksgiving

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By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Long before you sat down for Thanksgiving dinner, hundreds of workers at dozens of East Tennessee retailers were preparing for Black Friday. The annual shopping tradition seems to begin earlier each year. This year several big box stores opened at 8 and 9 PM. Target opened at 9 Thursday night, but there have actually been some stores open all day for shoppers.

Isaac Daniels and Rachel McGill were on mission to find bowls for their Thanksgiving dinner. They were in luck. They found Walgreens, a store open 24 hours a day year-round. Several Walgreens employees were working on Thanksgiving.

"We've been there when we were younger we had to work retail and jobs where you had to work on holidays so definitely feel for them," said Isaac Daniels.

But in the mean time, it's very convenient also because we got what we needed," said Rachel McGill.

For the second year, Gander Mtn. in Turkey Creek opened its doors on Thanksgiving. Supervisor Bob Colwell says opening earlier has been a success.

"It is Thanksgiving a lot of people like to hang out and watch football and stuff but we realize a lot of our customers like to be outside and active so this gives them an opportunity to do that on Thanksgiving in stead of being stuck inside," said Colwell.

Colwell says business has been steady. The store opened at 9 a.m. and will close at midnight. Beth Lafontaine is just one of many people making Christmas gift purchases on Thanksgiving Day.

"It's Thanksgiving Day and I'm not eating turkey, I'm shopping," Lafontaine said while laughing.

Lafontaine prefers shopping before the Black Friday rush and says she'll find many of her Christmas gifts at Gander Mtn.

"I come from a sports, outdoor, hunting family, guns the hunting the whole nine yards so this is a perfect place to go for me," said Lafontaine.

Many stores offer different discounts on Thanksgiving and Friday. Isaac and Rachel say they'll be out again tomorrow searching for sales.

"Is it worth it, oh yeah, to save 50% yeah we've seen some really good deals," said Rachel McGill.

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