'Gray Thursday' sees its share of shoppers

11:26 AM, Nov 23, 2012   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - Instead of warming up the oven, thousands of Twin Cities' shoppers could be found warming up for Black Friday.

Some have already dubbed it Gray Thursday.

"I think it's kind of a little warm-up," Old Navy General Manager Carri Roggow said.

Roggow says the clothing retailer's been open on Thanksgiving Day for several years, and it always produces a nice and steady stream of shoppers.

"Lot of times you'll get families a little bit later in the afternoon. Everyone's done eating turkey. The guys are watching football and we'll get those people coming in. Mostly moms, cousins and sisters," Roggow explained.

Sanya Clark spent a relaxing hour or so roaming around the racks.

"It's my only day off so I might as well shop on my only day off," she said. "It's not busy (on Thanksgiving). It's nice. You can kind of get through anywhere (you want)," Clark added.

On Thanksgiving, every available checkout line was full of people at the Kmart on Lake Street in Minneapolis. We found Megan Hollins there, warming up.

"I'm going to go to WalMart at 8 p.m. when it opens and then Target. I just want to get some deals for Christmas and get it out of the way," she told KARE 11.

WalMart, Target, Toys 'R' Us and Sears were just a few of the retailers that weren't waiting for Black Friday midnight.

"A number of stores have tested opening their stores on Thanksgiving night and the test results have been positive for both consumers and retailers," CNBC Retail Reporter Courtney Reagan said.

As for Clark, enough is enough. Well at least until the morning of Black Friday.

"I don't think I'm going to hit the later stores though. You know, the ones that open at 8 or 9. No, it's bed time. We'll go to bed," she said before heading to the cash register.

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