Holiday Shopping Starts Early

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thousands of eager shoppers got a head start on holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day. Some stores stayed open on Thursday this year and consumers responded by packing the stores.

It may be a little surprising, but the check stand lines at K-Mart in West Wichita were chock full of customers on Thanksgiving Day. Maybe that's a sign of just how busy Black Friday will be in the morning.

"It's been busy most of the day," said K-Mart Manager Dawna Jenkins. "Sales are great. We're just having a ball."

K-Mart in West Wichita stayed open on Thanksgiving, offering deals even before Black Friday. It's all hands on deck. Although everybody works shortened shifts, nobody gets the day off.

"You prepare for weeks," Jenkins explained. "Back stock, everything has to be ready to come out and hopefully you're prepared the day before. Once the doors open, all you can do is customer service."

As usual, many electronics will be hot items. Several retailers are offering hundreds of dollars off on HDTV's. For most shoppers on Thursday, however, it was preparation for standing in line on Friday to get even better deals.

"We set the alarms, get the cars ready, get the kids ready, get all ready just to go and get in line," said Yeime Rangel. "Once the doors open, we get right in there."

For others, though, it's a chance to get some deals because they - won't - be getting up early and participating in all the Black Friday hype.

"The temperature looks like it's going to be pretty cold," said Nashell Williams. "I think if I can't get it when it warms up, I probably won't go out. It's a little too cold to be out here in this kinda weather."

K-Mart will open back up at 5:00 AM Friday and some stores in the malls are even opening up at midnight.

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