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Thanksgiving holiday time under siege from retailers opening early

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 19 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 20 2012 04:21:23 AM CST

Thanksgiving under seige

With Thanksgiving just days away people are gearing up for a day of feasting with the family.

But now shopping might be on the list of things to do as well.

A number of retailers are opening their doors early this year.

Kmart for example will be open at six in the morning on Thursday so we came out to ask what shoppers thought.    

The long lines in the freezing cold may be a thing of the past if some stores get their way by opening hours before midnight on Thanksgiving day.    

"I think it's good because usually it gets crazy just one day having a sale a lot of people get crazy trying to get into the stores so it's kind of good they have extra days," said Janice Valentin.

For the local malls like the Lehigh Valley Mall, the midnight opening stays.

But for stores like Kmart and Target, shoppers can get the deals after getting stuffed.

Target will be opening at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day while Kmart will be scattering its hours throughout the day.  It will open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., close for a few hours and reopen at 8 p.m.

The earlier shopping hours got mixed reviews from the people we spoke with    

"I think people need a day off to get ready for the holidays so I don't know I don't shop on the holidays," said Joan Hein.   

 "I think that's great so people don't have to be standing in line at 1 o'clock in the afternoon; instead they can enjoy their family dinners and go in after they have dinner because usually people have dinner early on Thanksgiving so I think it's great," said Indira Cruz.   

"If it's for Christmas which realistically it is, it's about a different thing than shopping. It's about being with your family so I'm not going to be at a store looking for a sale. I'll be at home with my family," said Hassan McCoy.

Sears and Toys "R" Us will be opening on Thanksgiving day at 8 p.m.   Walmart hours are 24 hours all the time.