Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 --- 9:25pm
According to the National Retail Federation, 33 million people are expected to shop in stores or online this Thanksgiving. Compare that to the 97 million who will hit the stores Black Friday
"Yea it's always fun to to get up early. Come out for the Black Friday specials” says Nick Bast, one of those millions of people hitting up the stores the day after the holiday. But, ask him what his plans are on Thanksgiving and you'll get this response. "Usually on Thanksgiving I hang out with the family. I'm too full” he tells NBC 15.
Those are not the words stores like Walmart and Best Buy are hoping to hear. Both will be open this Thanksgiving, both starting at 6pm. Target, Sears and Thanksgiving-newbie Macy’s will also be opening their doors on the holiday.
"The way the economy is right now, everyone needs that little extra shopping money” says Raphael Sanchez, who understands why stores are opening earlier, but won't be leaving home this holiday.
So why the earlier opening? Well, it could be due to a few things. First off, the National Retail Federation estimates that shoppers will spend nearly 4 percent more this year. Or it could be the fact that the number of shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a mere 26 days.
Then again. It's also not hard to see why some stores will be leaving their lights off next Thursday.
"When you work a lot like all of us do it's a chance to relax” says Gary Jessel, General Manager of Menards on Madison's west side.
Menards is one of a handful of stores refusing to give in to the "open on Thanksgiving" craze. It's somethings workers tell us they are most thankful for.
"It's important to Menards that we give our team members and the guests an opportunity to spend time with the people that they care about” says Jessel.