Black Friday deals on Thursday?
Yes, many major chains are offering their black Friday specials Thanksgiving night.
Several stores including Walmart, KMart and Target are opening at eight and nine p.m.
But how many shoppers will be spending Thanksgiving in stores?
Donnell Preskey talks with shoppers.
Holiday shopping has started even before Thanksgiving.
Mike Rudd with the ND Retailers Association says, "the Christmas creep has started here, you see people shopping and that's a sign of strong economy."
But many Bismarck retailers are following a national trend of trying to get even more shoppers out before Black Friday by offering special deals Thursday night.
"I think it's crazy, I won't be doing it, but it's great for those who want to get a jump start on their shopping."
"I don't know if i'll be participating this year, i'll be with family. But I can see both sides. I can see where people are upset that have to work and can't be with family but I like to shop so see that side of it too."
Many shoppers say this year it seems like there's a commercial corruption of Thanksgiving.
"I like to keep Thanksgiving as Thanksgiving, opening early defeats the purpose of Thanksgiving."
"I think it should be closed for the holiday. Friday is good enough."
"Taking away from the family, that's not how we do things in ND. So corporate is just impeding on our families."
JCPenny is one of the few box stores not opening extra early. They open at six a.m. Friday. A statement by the CEO of JCPenny says they are honoring the American tradition by allowing customers and employees the chance to share the special day with family and friends.
"This is a critical time for the retail sector. This month is huge, in terms of their overall profits. They have to make a decision that's best for company," says Rudd.
Rudd says retail sales have been strong year round, and he is even more optimistic about this Christmas season for North Dakota businesses.
Rudd says it is estimated that nationally, each person will spend an average of $800 on Christmas shopping this year.
We asked our facebook friends to give their thoughts on the issue of stores opening on Thanksgiving.
A large majority of our fans say they do not support the idea and will not be turning Thanksgiving into another day of shopping.