SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Thanksgiving is traditionally a day for family, turkey and football but increasingly, retailers are viewing the holiday as a chance to kick start the Christmas shopping season.
The doors opened early Thursday morning at Kmart in Spokane Valley. Staff at the Coeur d'Alene Kmart also worked all day to prepare for an early opening.
They anticipated this year’s shorter holiday shopping season would not have too much of an impact on sales. There are only four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
"We may loose some [sales] as a whole because we don't have that extra week of selling,” said store manager Lauren Larson, “but I think the days that we do have to sell are going to be extremely busy."
Last year, the peak time at the local store was from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving.