Is Thanksgiving the new Black Friday?

Instead of gathered around the table with family, several shoppers will spend Thanksgiving camped outside stores
November 27, 2013 2:51:12 PM PST
The countdown is on to Black Friday, but with several stores open Thanksgiving Day, people are already lined up outside major retailers waiting for major deals.

Edgar Gutierrez plans to save hundreds when the doors open at a Raleigh Best Buy Thanksgiving night. He has camped out at the store since Tuesday to cash in on significant savings.

"I'm going to get a 49 inch TV, a tablet, and a laptop," Gutierrez said.

He probably will since he was the first person in line at the Brier Creek store.

It was not long before others started following suit, setting up tents and heaters to keep warm in the cold and wet weather.

For several diehard shoppers, they will spend their Thanksgiving camped outside of big box retailers.

"Last year we didn't come out until Tuesday night, but being that everyone is open earlier this year we made some earlier plans," bargain hunter C.J. Henriquez said.

Dozens of other major retailers are also following the trend, offering doorbusters and big deals starting on Thursday.

"This will be the first year that we are open at 8 pm Thanksgiving, and customers are kind of demanding that," JC Penney employee Brian Zachrich said.

The JC Penney store in North Hills spent Wednesday putting out last-minute apparel before their 8 p.m. opening on Thanksgiving. The store will offer discounts for 25 hours straight.

Shoppers are ready to cash in, even if they do not agree with the earlier hours.

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