"I would rather eat first and shop later and it's harder to do othat now with Black Thursday", he said. At 4:30, the mall was virtually a ghost town, but over the next 30 minutes, the parking lot filled and lines began to form as bargain hunters ventured out seeking the best deals of the year.
"We started that last year and we had a great response to it, so this year we're doing the same thing opening at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, so it brings that shopping back into Friday where it had started to creep into Thanksgiving night", Sarah Enlow, with Fayette Mall, said.
Special Thanksgiving day only deals had customers flooding to Meijer. "We're having fun with the customer and we're creating an experience for them".
"I have to be the first one for the deals", she said. "I wish they would do it".
Another shopper, ready with her chair, blanket and hot coffee, waited outside the toy store to get her son, Jesse, 6, a set of Legos.
"I'm still happy I came out even, though, I didn't get the other TV", he said. Only a handful of people were able to get the item, she said. "So far, it's going exactly as planned". If you're headed out, we have everything you need to know about Black Friday. "And then I'm going with family".
Lindsey Barren said shopping on Thanksgiving gives her family an activity to do after their holiday meal. "We just like Bealls", Carrie Swanson said. And for others, Thanksgiving shopping is no tradition at all.
"I know exactly where it is in the store; first aisle, third bin", said Dawn Olszewski, shopper.