Shoppers line up for ‘Gray Thursday’ deals

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Thousands of people were out Thursday burning off holiday meals while searching for deals.

The Toys R Us in Castleton opened at 5 p.m., but others were open all day for Gray Thursday.

Sara Snyder said she goes out for the deals and to spend time with family.

“Me and my family we all just like going out together and shopping together,” said Snyder, who was shopping at the Meijer on Southport Road. “Before thanksgiving and after thanksgiving, the entire night.”

Stores opened Thursday include Meijer, Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Macy’s, and JC Penney.

The national retail federation estimates nearly 26 million people shop on Gray Thursday.

Some were shopping for practical reasons.

“I needed a snow shovel. We just bought a house,” said Bob Brubeck. “We figured less people would be out today.”

Others shopped for the deals and to be in the thick of it.

“It’s fun to get your hands on something and have someone try to fight you for it,” said Snyder.

The NRF says millennials are the ones who are really behind the Thanksgiving day shopping craze. Last year they spent 13 percent more than the average adult holiday shopper.

But while the deals are there, there’s still some backlash: the Facebook group Say No to Shopping on Thanksgiving has nearly 66,000 likes.

“I hate doing it on Thanksgiving because I mean these people should have the day off, but they don’t, so I’m here,” said shopper Kathy Able.

Marshalls, TJMaxx, Von Maur, Menards, Costco and Sam’s Club all remained closed Thursday. Those stores that are remaining closed say they did so in order for employees to be home with their families.

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