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Walmart Plans to Have Its Earliest Black Friday Ever

The retail giant has said it will open its doors at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

For traditionalists, it may be an unwelcome encroachment on a holiday normally focused on family, but for shopping enthusiasts it's all in good fun. 

Walmart has announced that it will begin running "Black Friday" sales at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the earliest time yet as the shopping holiday increasingly becomes "Black Thursday."

Although the retail giant did hold sales on Thanksgiving Day last year, they started later in the evening. The 8 p.m. push will be one of three sales "events" for Walmart with others occurring at 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next day. 

Walmart in Mehlville, on Telegraph Road, confirmed that they will be participating in the Black Friday events. 

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Walmart earns more than a quarter of its annual sales from the holiday season. The National Retail Federation is also expected a surge in spending from consumers, predicting that it will rise 4.1 percent compared to last year. 

What do you think? Are Black Friday specials getting out of hand and starting to replace the Thanksgiving holiday itself? Or do you enjoy the experience of the shopping rush and the potential deals it provides?

Jose A. Mendez November 09, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I hope people realize that by showing that early they are just as guilty as Walmart for taking time away from the employees and their families. DISGUSTING!
Joan Edleson November 09, 2012 at 03:31 PM
If people wouldn't show up at the stores on Thanksgiving evening they wouldn't open. It is even worse for the employees who probably have to be at work 2 hours before that. Thanksgiving and Christmas should be days to spend with family.
Elizabeth E. November 09, 2012 at 06:54 PM
It may be all in good fun for the people shopping but that definitely isn't so for the people who have to work those 8, 9, or 12 hour shifts. (Please excuse the following soapbox) If anyone really feels the need to stay up and go shopping for a deal that really isn't that much better than the rest of the holiday sales (I've worked in retail the past few years), please do not attempt to commiserate with the employees about how tired you are. Because when you are finished shopping and go home to crash or hang out with your family, they will still be at work putting the store back together. All that being said, if you will be shopping on Black Friday and you find it fun - great! Please feel free to share your enthusiasm with the store employees. I had some groups come through and they were blast. It helped the time go by quicker and encouraged me to be of more assistance to the next customer. I don't think it's right that stores are opening earlier and are opening for Thanksgiving. But like the previous commenters said - don't shop those hours and the stores won't continue the practice.

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