Forget the turkey, thousands pack area malls on Thanksgiving


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Thousands of shoppers barely let their food digest before getting a jumpstart on holiday shopping. It’s a trend we have seen over the last 5 years with stores opening Thanksgiving Night. 

Although it’s not everyone’s idea of a good time, shoppers say it’s worth every penny for the experience.

“I wanted to see the chaos, but I guess that’s going to be tomorrow,” said shopper, Laura Colton.

Colton brought her boyfriend to the mall on Thanksgiving after they became restless at home.

“It was just us this holiday so we aren’t missing out on much,” said Colton.

Understandably, shopping on a holiday isn’t for everyone, perhaps including people like you. For those who did venture out on Thanksgiving, they say it’s always worth the trip.

“I think they are missing out. You gotta come out and get those good deals while they’re still there,” said one shopper.
South Park Mall expects plenty of “good deals” to remain for Black Friday shoppers. In fact, it’s still the busiest shopping day of the year. 

Mall officials say opening on Black Friday Eve still has its benefits.
“I think it has definitely become a family event for Thanksgiving. We have a lot of restaurants here that serve Thanksgiving dinner,” said Holly Roberson from SouthPark Mall.
So after spending hundreds on a Thanksgiving dinner, shoppers say you can save a few bucks on spreading holiday cheer.
“For the most part I do see a better deals. Even if it is chaotic, if you’re willing to wait, you can get some good deals,” said shopper, Brooks Beilke.

SouthPark Mall will be re-open for traditional Black Friday shopping at 6 a.m. Friday.

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