Stores Opening Thanksgiving Evening
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
November 21, 2013 4:24 PM
Some retailers are opening Thanksgiving evening this year, something that they say hasn't been done before. But not everyone thinks it's such a good idea.
"The earlier the better," said Best Buy Sales Manager, Nicky Kluck.
That seems to be the saying of the season, as several retailers prepare to open for Black Friday the night before.
"I think it'll add to business. It's something that's never been done," said Kluck.
Best Buy will be opening its doors at 6:00 Thanksgiving night. That's two hours earlier than the Empire Mall. Something Kluck says will enhance the Black Friday experience.
"I think this is what the people who shop on Black Friday are looking for," said Kluck.
Not every store is on board for the new Black Thursday trend.
"We believe that that holiday is a day to spend time with loved ones and family, and celebrate the true meaning of the holiday," said Menards Asst. General Manager, Jeff Henderson.
Henderson says he agrees with the company's decision to stick with the Black Friday tradition.
"As a family owned company, Menards has made a decision that we are going to, for the benefit of our guests, and our team members, we're going to open at 6:00 am on Friday," said Henderson.
A whole 12 hours later than Best Buy.
Kluck expects people to start lining up days before Best Buy even opens. Which will cut well into that Thanksgiving meal time.
However, she says she doesn't think customers will have a problem missing out on that turkey dinner.
"I've just gotten a lot of positive feedback, and a lot of excitement around it," said Kluck.
She's hoping the extra hours will bring in more customers than previous years.
"I think it's just taking advantage of the Black Friday shoppers. The deals that we have, it's the kickoff to every body's holiday season," said Kluck.
Henderson says he doesn't think Menards' decision to get a later start will have a negative impact on business.
"We always do well for Black Friday, and I think it's going to be a great year," said Henderson.
He says he still expects anywhere from 10 to 15 thousand customers will line up on Black Friday, more than triple what they seen in a regular weekend.
If you're planning on getting in on the Black Friday deals at Best Buy, but don't want to camp out for days, store managers say you might be better off ordering online.