Thanksgiving shopping may reduce the rush

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Many stores are now choosing to open their doors on Thanksgiving instead of the traditional Black Friday, offering those doorbuster deals a day early for some.

Managers say while there is a rush when they open, it creates more of a steady flow of customers throughout Thursday evening, and then Friday morning.

Stores like Toys R Us are open all night long Thursday into Friday. Others, like Best Buy, opened Thursday at 5 p.m. and then reopen Friday morning. At Best Buy, the line stretched around the building Thursday evening.

Brad Simpson and his sister-in-law Holly said they got to Best Buy at midnight.

“We’ve been here 16 hours,” said Holly. “You’ve got to do it if you want that deal.”

They said this year, it’s a 50 inch TV for $199. To get that, they spent their Thanksgiving in line.

“I wish it was still on Black Friday,” said Brad. “But it’s the deals.”

“My wife actually brought us turkey,” he added.

Next door at Kohls, the line before their 6 p.m. opening also stretched around the building. Once the doors opened, that’s where 24-Hour News 8 found Elaine Bouchie.

“I’m here with my family. We had a nice dinner, now we’re out and about, and it’s just fun. We are still with family,” she said.

She says the Thanksgiving shopping isn’t so bad.

“I think it’s OK as long as you mix it up, and still spend time with your family.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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