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Is "Black Friday" dead?


Thanksgiving is just around the corner but will anybody be at the dinner table?

A growing number of stores are opening up on Thanksgiving Day.

Zain Asher is at the New York Stock Exchange.

Goodbye Black Friday.

Hello Black Thursday.

Many people are trading this, for this.

Stores across the country are opening up on thanksgiving day because they say that's what shoppers want.

At one time, this was a no-no.

But when the recession ended, the floodgates opened as some shoppers showed a willingness to spend.

JC Penney, Sears, Kohl's, and others opened on Thanksgiving night.

This year, Macy's joins in, opening at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving.

Toys R Us isn't waiting until after dinner.

It opens at 5 p.m.

Going one step further?

Kmart opening for 41 straight hours.

6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning until 11 p.m. on Black Friday.

Kmart opened at 6 a.m. last year too, but it closed for a few hours at dinner time.

That's not happening this time around.

Some people are lashing out on social media.

One person says he'll never shop at Kmart again, due to its greed.

Kmart says it first asks for workers to volunteer, giving associates the opportunity to make some additional money.

For retailers, there's a lot on the line. 

Black Friday weekend brought in $59 billion last year.

This year, shoppers say they plan to spend less.

So starting one day earlier could help offset that.

And after all, those stores aren't empty on Thanksgiving.

What do you think? Love to shop, love it the challenge every year? Love Thanksgiving, like shopping on Friday? Don't like any of it? Don't care? 

Let us know on Facebook


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