Kris Chicky, right, waits with the 55-inch TV she bought shortly after the store's 6 a.m. sale began on Thanksgiving Day in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, named for the period when stores traditionally turn a profit for the year. But Black Friday openings have crept earlier and earlier over the past few years. Now, stores from Walmart to Toys R Us are opening their doors on Thanksgiving evening, hoping Americans will be willing to shop soon after they finish their pumpkin pie.
Kris Chicky, right, waits with the 55-inch TV she bought shortly after the store's 6 a.m. sale began on Thanksgiving Day in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, named for the period when stores traditionally turn a profit for the year. But Black Friday openings have crept earlier and earlier over the past few years. Now, stores from Walmart to Toys R Us are opening their doors on Thanksgiving evening, hoping Americans will be willing to shop soon after they finish their pumpkin pie.
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published Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
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