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Black Friday begins earlier than ever

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Turkey will barely be settled in shopper's stomachs before they head out for Black Friday shopping. Almost every store will be opening at midnight on Black Friday. Our Katie Gibas reports that stores like Walmart, Sears and Target will be opening even earlier this year.

NATIONWIDE -- For some, Black Friday is an annual tradition, one that requires strategy.

"I go out because there are some good deals to be had. I make a list and I go out. I plan my evening from midnight on, where I'm going to go to make the most efficient use of my time," said Karen Wilson, a Massachusetts resident.

For others, it's a day best spent at home.

"It's crazy out there, and I'll do anything to avoid it," said MaryAnne Pilon, a DeWitt resident.

Margaret Wolsey, a Cazenovia resident added, "My parents hate it because it gets so crazy."

Black Friday seems to be coming earlier and earlier. Just two years ago many stores opened at 4:00 a.m. or 5:00 a.m. Last year, a handful of stores at Destiny USA started sales at midnight. And this year, all of their stores and attractions will be open at midnight.

"We think it's a great opportunity, especially with the new pieces that we've added in the expansions with the outlet piece, and some of the entertainment pieces," said Rob Schoeneck, the Destiny USA General Manager.

Walmart and Sears will begin sales at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, followed by Target at 9:00 p.m.

A Target spokesperson said Black Friday is becoming even more competitive, "Opening at 9:00 p.m. gives Target’s Black Friday guests added convenience and a way to create an after-dinner shopping event that the entire family can enjoy. "

Most of the people we spoke with say they don't mind the stores opening at midnight on Black Friday. But, when it gets pushed back to 8 or 9 o'clock on Thanksgiving Day, it's just too much.

"It would be nice to keep the holiday as a holiday," said Wilson.

Pilon added, "I think it's terrible. It's a holiday. We should celebrate it as a holiday and be thankful for what we have."

Marie Sugio, a Cazenovia resident said, "I feel sorry for the workers. They should spend time with their family."

With Black Friday starting to become "Black Thursday Night", you can only imagine how early holiday shopping will begin in the future. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP