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Thanksgiving Day vs. Black Friday shopping

Many people in Rochester headed out to shop on Thanksgiving Day.

Posted: Nov. 24, 2017 8:03 AM
Updated: Nov. 24, 2017 8:06 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Shoppers got into the Black Friday spirit a day early.

“A lot of people, a lot of good deals. Hopefully gonna get some,” Zachary Vigesaa of Stewartville said.

The line for Best Buy was wrapped around the building, before they opened their doors at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Stores like Scheels are waiting to open Black Friday morning.

“Yeah a lot of stores are actually opening on Thursday night,” Lauren Belter, an assistant store leader at Scheels, said, “but you know Scheels is an employee-owned company and family is valued so much here that we’re just excited that our crew gets to spend time with our family on Thursday, get a good night rest and then come in early morning and help out customers.”

Some shoppers get why stores open their doors on Thanksgiving.

“It’s so popular they have to stretch it out,” Robyn Hottman said. “There’s so many people that want so many specials so I can understand the stores doing it.”

While others miss the old Black Friday schedule, starting early in the morning.

“I like Friday morning,” Amanda Kaufmann said. “I liked getting up early and having the whole night to not feel like I should go out and shop. We always say we’re not going to go out and we end up out, but I’d rather get up at four in the morning the next day and have all day Thursday for my family.”

Best Buy reopens Black Friday morning at 8:00. Scheels opens at 7:00 a.m. According to their website, Apache Mall opens at 6:00 a.m.

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