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Black Friday is becoming more like Black Thursday

Posted November 26, 2014 10:49 p.m. EST
Updated November 26, 2014 10:52 p.m. EST

— For some, Black Friday is becoming more like Black Thursday as more stores will open on Thanksgiving Day – some as early as 6 a.m.

But there are some who would rather do things other than shopping on Thursday.

"I wanna spend time with the family," Will Holly said.

Others will be at Crabtree Valley Mall and other shopping areas.

"We follow the lead of our tenants, and all of our anchor stores wanted to be open at 6 p.m.," said Pam Guthrie, the mall's marketing director.

Guthrie added that businesses are only responding to demand from shoppers.

Holly's mother, Pat, is not one of those shoppers.

"I think it should be a holiday for everybody," she said. "I feel bad for people who have to work."

At Cameron Village, shops won't open before 6 a.m. Friday.

Lori + Lulu, a woman's boutique, will open its doors at 8 a.m.

"Definitely not at a disadvantage because we feel it's really important to be with your family on Thanksgiving, and then enjoy the thrill of being out on Black Friday," said Blake Krakower, store manager.

And there are those who feel family time includes being at the mall.

"Even if they don't want to shop, it's a place to be with your family, and there's a lot going on," Guthrie said.