TAMPA, Fla. (WTSP) – Retailers looking to cash in on anxious holiday shoppers are getting mixed reaction from local shoppers about being open on Thanksgiving Day.
“I actually think they should let their employees be with their family, and I will not be going out on Thanksgiving shopping,” said Joana Villeneuve.
Villeneuve is like many shoppers in the Tampa Bay area and across the country who are holding their dollars from retailers choosing to do business on a day where most stores are traditionally closed.
“I think family and friends are more important than saving money, really,” said Deena Fields.
Large retailers such as Home Depot, PetSmart, Dillards, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Marshalls are listening to customers, and are keeping their doors closed on Thanksgiving. However, there are more and more stores opening up earlier on Thursday, offering doorbuster sales traditionally reserved for the Black Friday rush, which has subsided in recent years.
This year, JC Penney opens at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with Macy’s opening just a couple of hours later.
In Tampa, some eager shoppers have already set up tents outside of Best Buy in hopes of scoring deep discounts on big-screen televisions and other electronics.
Rick Hilton and Greg Madrid have had a tent set up for days, although they admit Wednesday was the first full night they slept outside the store.
Madrid said he enjoys the rush of the early in-person holiday sales, even if some items can also be purchased online at a comparable price.
“Laptops, you can buy online. You don’t have to camp out for [them],” he said.
Campers outside of Best Buy will receive numbered tickets according to their position in line. However, as of Thursday morning, there were less than a dozen people waiting in line.
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