Ready! Shoppers Hits Stores Early on Thanksgiving

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Some other stores will wait to open on Black Friday. At 4:30, the mall was virtually a ghost town, but over the next 30 minutes, the parking lot filled and lines began to form as bargain hunters ventured out seeking the best deals of the year.

Tia Bates had her Thanksgiving dinner early this year just so she would be able to get to the sale on time, which started at 5 p.m.

"It's a huge deal for Meijer and the company and obviously throughout everywhere", said Scott Neff, store director at Meijer in Saginaw.

"We feed everybody and they got to leave".

"I have to be the first one for the deals", she said.

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"With two kids that I have at home, usually they're always with us".

Another shopper, ready with her chair, blanket and hot coffee, waited outside the toy store to get her son, Jesse, 6, a set of Legos.

"It's fun to people watch but it is nice to meet a lot of really neat people, people you don't know and have something in common with and we all laugh and joke around", said Dawn.

Stores will re-open Friday morning for bargain hunters who didn't get enough Thanksgiving Day. "We'll probably hit Best Buy, Kohl's and spend a few hundred more before the night is over.".

Once they're in - along with dozens of others - it's just their first store.

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Dave Hannon and his family also ate early to go shopping for clothes on Thursday.

Jared Elkins, with Walmart in Hamburg, said, "It's the kickoff of the holidays".

"We ate dinner at 1 p.m., basically breakfast, and came to do our Christmas shopping", said Hannon of Deaborn Heights.

For some families, shopping on Thanksgiving is becoming part of their holiday tradition.

"I know exactly where it is in the store; first aisle, third bin", said Dawn Olszewski, shopper.

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