Local stores open for Thanksgiving day shoppers




Posted on November 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 5:52 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Some stores were open all day in the Inland Northwest Thursday to offer special deals to early bird holiday shoppers.

Kmart had been open since 6 a.m. Thursday morning.  Kmart planned to stay open for 48 hours straight, with extra deals during special hours.

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Employees said about 100 shoppers were outside when the Sprague Avenue store opened up its doors.

"It’s going to be worth it because it's the one thing my daughter wants and I’m not doing anything else,” said Kmart customer Angela Townsend.  “So it's worth it."

Shoppers who braved the cold Thanksgiving morning said they got better deals than if they had waited until after dinner, because they got their items before everybody else.

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"It was totally worth it, we even bought a tablet because it was cheap" said Loretta Riordan.

Deals were not the only reason some shoppers decided to wake up early on Thanksgiving.

“I avoid the crowds, I don't usually go shopping at all,” Beverly Ho said. 

Other shoppers said they felt bad for employees who were not with their families for the holiday weekend.  According to employees, Kmart provided Thanksgiving dinner for all its workers.

Meanwhile, Toys R Us planned to open its doors at 6 p.m. in anticipation of Black Friday.  Walmart, Macy’s, Kohls, J.C. Penny, and Sears were set to open at 8 p.m.