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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Is Black Friday becoming Black Thursday? Shoppers have been out all Thanksgiving Day getting a jump-start on their holiday shopping.

It may be Thanksgiving, but shoppers at the Wilmington Kmart have already pushed back the turkey and picked up the circulars.

“If you’re open, they will come” was the retailers’ logic this year. And so far it looks like they’re right.

“I’ll definitely be back,” said shopper Jeanette Zeller. “We’re looking forward to shopping 8 o’clock, 9 o’clock, midnight, whenever the stores are open.”

“There’s not much to be done after you cook all night long,” said another shopper.

Managers tell us that the decision to open on Thanksgiving Day has been a huge success.

“The customers I encounter are always glad that we’re here,” said Kmart Asst. Store Manager Barbara Taylor.” “You know a lot of people like to do early shopping. They like to come in and beat that Black Friday crowd.”

And it’s not only the adults who get into the shopping spirit, we talked to several kids who said they like the extra day to browse for what they hope Santa will bring.

As for the employees who are working on Thanksgiving? Most shoppers we spoke with say they do feel for them.

“I would definitely not be happy if I were working on Thanksgiving, so I feel for them,” said shopper Jessica Watters.

But Taylor says shoppers have no reason to feel guilty.

“Down through the years we get used to this time of the year and we look forward to Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday,” said Taylor. “It’s wonderful.”

Many more stores are set to open this evening and all throughout the night.

We have a complete guide to all your turkey day shopping.

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    (Thanksgiving Morning)
    Scenario #1 (Child to Mother):
    Child: “Mommie…are we going to Grammies today for turkey?”
    Mother: “Yes Tommy…as soon as we get out of the Mart for SPECIAL SAVINGS! We are gonna shop till we drop, so get up and get ready!!!”
    Scenario #2 (Daughter to Mother):
    Daughter on phone to Mother: “Mom…we will be right there after I get out of this God Forsaken line at this Gosh Dab store!!!”
    Mother to Daughter: “Never mind…we’ve already cleaned up the dishes!”
    {This very well could be the Daddy and sons on this binge too…not just Mothers :-}

    Now…if you don’t think that has happened before…think again. Traditional Holidays with family means dragging either your children and/or a shopping list and cart around the store to save on money a lot people most likely don’t have to begin with.
    Maybe next time a quiet holiday dinner with your loved ones would mean the Holidays still have some kinda special meaning other then the “Crack of Dawn Cash Registers”!
    I wonder how many cell phones have buzzed right in the middle of “Grace” before a Holiday dinner with someone’s friend calling about some DVD player on sale for half price?
    Plenty :-(
    And shoppers feeling sorry about the store workers being there during a holiday. As the Mafia says…”Fagita Bout it”!
    If that were the case…really the case…shoppers would stay home with their families…like the Big Executives are doing that control these Marts in which you shop at!
    “The Sad Goodbye”


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