RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – There will be some old and new trends for Black Friday shoppers this week.
Most big-time retailers are hoping to bring in as many shoppers as possible, while others are opting to be more family friendly.
Giant retailers like Target and Walmart are using the days before Thanksgiving gearing up for their big-time Black Thursday sales.
“One event for customers to come in, get all of their holiday needs taken care of,” said Walmart manager Josh Hess.
Hess says opening their doors Thanksgiving evening is part of the supply and demand economy. Enough shoppers take advantage of the deals to make it worthwhile for Walmart to open up even earlier.
“We’re a service industry. We’re like an airline and a gas station. We want to be able to take care of those customers that maybe forgot to get the last-minute cranberry sauce or they need diapers for their child as well,” said Hess.
However, some shoppers aren’t crazy over the idea of leaving family for the sake of being frugal.
“I kind of feel bad for all the employees that, you know when they start at six o’clock or when they’re 24 hours and they’re staying open. So those folks that are here, all I can think about is they’re not going to get to go home,” said shopper Mary Ardovino.
That’s exactly why some big retailers like Costco, Nordstrom and REI are doing exactly the opposite – closing their doors on Black Friday.
They say to be with your family on Friday, because you can shop with them any other day of the year.
Still, the national retail federation is forecasting a 3.7 percent increase in holiday spending this year.
“It’s really hard to judge folks for coming out to black Friday when they’re desperate to make the end’s meet for the things they need to get,” said Ardovino.
“It’s exciting, you see so many customers going in and out of the store. A lot of people are smiling they got the merchandise they wanted,” said Hess.