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Black Friday begins early this year

By Heather Hintze 8:58 PM November 22, 2013

Some stores will open their doors Thanksgiving night


ANCHORAGE – Gone are the days of braving frigid temperatures and spending all night in line to get a good Black Friday deal.

Best Buy will open its door at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night. The Muldoon store General Manager said he expects a good turnout.

“Everyone is getting done with their dinners around that time,” said Matthew Cairy. “Being that we’re one of the first stores that’s open, that’s super cool. I anticipate there will be a record number of people wrapped around the building.”

Maddison Forde and her husband Kahleel were getting a jump start on the shopping season by picking up an Xbox One. She said they’ll definitely be back at Best Buy next week too.

“We’re going to start shopping after we eat,” she said. “Start early around noon, have some friends over. We’re going to go out and he wants a lot of electronics and I’ll just find some home stuff and baby things.”

Other shoppers said they’ll stay home instead of fighting the Black Friday crowds.

“I actually do most of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving even hits. This year, I’ve already got everything,” said Randall Ritner Dennis.

Target will also open earlier this year: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night.

“We’re expecting more families to come out and shop together,” said Target Logistics Team Leader Travis Walker. “Whereas when we had our early morning openings we saw a lot more individuals come out and shop or maybe just mom and dad. This year we’re expecting shopping to be a full family event, so we’re excited for that.”

Shoppers will be there but not all of them are happy about it.

“I shop for deals and unfortunately I’m going to have to take away from family time,” said Debra Campbell. “We’re still going to have Thanksgiving, we’re still going to do that then try to make it out here to be the first ones so we can get those good deals, but I really wish they didn’t’ put it on Thanksgiving.”

Target said employees will do their best to keep customers filled with holiday cheer.

“Black Friday is like our Super Bowl,” Walker said. “I tell people that all the time. I love working Black Friday. It’s super busy, probably one of the busiest days of the year. The team has so much fun with it. We put in so much time and energy for this busy, busy day. Then our guests are here and everyone’s in just a great mood and it’s a really fun day.”

Sears and Wal-Mart will also open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night. Macy’s, Kohl’s and J.C. Penny open at 8 p.m.

Anyone planning on eating their Thanksgiving dinner in line this year? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at 11news@KTVA.com

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