2010 estimates show that the number of people who began their Black Friday shopping at midnight was 3 times the amount of people in 2009. This year, 2011 marks Target's earliest opening ever. Target, Best Buy, Macy's and Kohl's are all opening at midnight on Thanksgiving eve. Wal-Mart recently announced plans to open its doors to the public at 10 pm. Toys R Us followed suit and announced that it would open most stores as early as 9 pm. on the day before Black Friday.
Thanksgiving Day openings have been a big boon to retailers during this current economic downturn that the country is experiencing. The number of people, who shop on Thanksgiving, both online and in stores, reportedly rose to 22.3 million in 2010. According to the National Retail Federation that was about double the amount just 5 years earlier.
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