GRAND CHUTE - If you're hooked on holiday shopping, you may love it.
But, if you value the tradition of Thanksgiving, you may not be so approving.
Thanksgiving Day dinner is still five weeks away, but some stores are aiming to get customers in the door before the pumpkin pie is gone.
"Last year there was one store open on Thanksgiving night and this year there will be three anchors for sure at this point in time but probably more as time goes along," said John Burgland, Senior General Manager of the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute.
But some Black Friday shoppers say intruding on Thanksgiving Day is a no-no.
"I think it is family time, I think you should stay home. There is nothing I need that bad at eight o'clock on Thanksgiving night," said Lea Coppus of Appleton.
But not all shoppers think opening on Thanksgiving Day is a bad idea, saying they would be willing to come in for a good deal.
"That is for sure the reason, also everybody is tired from eating so you might as well go out and hit the good sales," said Brenda Smits of Green Bay.
And Burgland says stores like Macy's, JC Penney's and Younkers are moving to accommodate that demand. And with only 26 shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this is the shortest Christmas shopping season on record.
"People want to get to the customers sooner, they want to serve their customers as best they can and they feel customers will be out as early as 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night," said Burgland.
Burgland says he expects about half of the mall's 180 stores to be open by midnight with all stores open by 6.a.m. on Black Friday.
And for some early-risers like Deb Hammen of Little Chute, that's early enough.
"I'm never really looking for anything special, I just go out to be involved, it's kind of a tradition, it's a holiday, OK lets go, let's go shop."
And Burgland says with more than 200,000 people expected in the mall over the three day period, that's an attitude retailers will be counting on.
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