Shoppers hit the stores on Thanksgiving

Shoppers hit the stores on Thanksgiving

Stores in our area like Khol's and JCPenney opened Thursday afternoon and have been open throughout the night into Black Friday. However, many shoppers may simply be shopping online instead of visiting physical stores.source Twitter WCLordRay Target said on Friday that it had received more than three times the number of orders through its Order Pickup service than it did on Thanksgiving past year - which could explain the empty stores.source Twitter Some Best Buys seem to be facing a similar situation.source Twitter ScottGauth Though crowds lined up outside the retailer on Thanksgiving, Black Friday seems more tranquil - at least at some stores.

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According to Purdon, nothing bad or weird has ever really happened to her while shopping on Black Friday. Adobe says it will only get better on November 27.

Black Friday can prove to be a long day for shoppers, but employees too.

"My mom once got into a fight over a Carebear", Moore said.

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"Nothing has really happened to me, but my mom threw the doll at the lady because she tried to take it", Toller said.

One advantage of heading out is that shop staff are also primed with knowledge about the best deals on the shop floor, says Olga Kotsur, CEO and founder of in-store technology firm Mercaux.

In Chicago, shoppers appeared to be slightly less enthusiastic to emerge from their turkey slumber and crowds were thin along the city's popular shopping destination, State Street. The National Retail Federation trade group expects sales for that period to at least match last year's rise of 3.6 percent and estimates online spending and other non-store sales will rise 11 to 15 percent.

"We have our dinner in the evening, and we play games after, so I'm not going to miss family time for a good deal", said Katheryn Byrd, of Mears, Virginia. On Thanksgiving Day, people spent $2.9 billion online, according to Adobe Analytics.

"We just go out and have fun". "I expected a lot more people".