Stores open for special Thanksgiving Day sales

By: Mike McCarthy Email
By: Mike McCarthy Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Some East Tennessee retailers hope you put down the turkey to gobble up sales on Thanksgiving Day.

More stores plan to open their doors for special sales Thursday.

Shopper Carol Hoskin's got her pre-holiday list, and checked it twice.

But her longest list of the year for Black Friday's still in the works.

"I have a list with everyone's name on it, and everything I'm going to get them. My list are detailed store by store," Hoskins said.

Some stores have worked to get shoppers like Hoskins to spend more, sooner this Holiday season.

For the first time, Old Navy is opening most of it's stores, including both stores in Knoxville.

"[It's] a huge, huge weekend," Old Navy Manager Jerrica Herd said.

Old Navy hope shoppers goggle-up sales for "Gobblepalooza."

For the first time the brand will open most it's stores nationwide at noon Thanksgiving Day.

That comes after after a try-out at some stores, including one in Knoxville, last year.

"It's meeting customer demand. They want to come out. They want to shop with us. They want the early deals and good buys. It's not just Black Friday anymore," Herd said.

Old Navy boasts 50 percent off all outwear, $10 dollar kids jeans, and $15 dollar sweaters for the family.

Besides the posted deals, Old Navy will hand out coupons only on Thanksgiving day, making the deals that much better.

"Five dollars off fifty dollars spent, things like that. So a lot of different things," Herd said.

Others including Walmart, Kmart, even TGI Fridays' Sevierville location will be open.

Target won't be open Thanksgiving Day.

But leaked ads promote the store's lowest prices ever Black Friday, starting at 5am

That includes $50 off a 10-mega pixel digital camera and a 32-inch HDTV for about $250.

Not all shoppers will chase the deals.

"I don't want to be looking for that toy if you can't get it. I'll get it today instead of saving 10 dollars or whatever," shopper Sandy Willis said.

Toys R Us won't officially be open on Thanksgiving, but will open Midnight on Black Friday.


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