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Shoppers mull 'dessert or doorbusters?’ as stores plan Thanksgiving Day sales

Shoppers mull 'dessert or doorbusters?’ as stores plan Thanksgiving Day sales Major stores are hoping throngs of consumers push aside their turkey dinners and turn off the football games to brave the crowds in what’s shaping up to be a pre-Black Friday holiday blitz. But some consumers are balking, saying Thanksgiving should be a day for family and friends — not bargains. By Erik Badia AND Phyllis Furman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 10:43 PM Print Share This URL: Print Comment Dean Neistat/Polaris

timberland Retailers in New York and around the country are hoping that after spending hours at home with family and food, consumers will want to brave — heck, help create — mobs like this on Thanksgiving Day.

timberland outlet “Gray Thursday” has stores hoping for some green and shoppers seeing red.

timberland boots kids Retailers are hoping throngs of shoppers push aside their turkey dinners and turn off the football games to brave the crowds in what’s shaping up to be a pre-Black Friday holiday blitz.

timberland boot sale But some consumers are balking, saying Thanksgiving should be a day for family and friends — not bargains.

Denny's But some shoppers would rather cap off the day by eating some pumpkin pie …

timberland discount shoes A growing number of big-name retailers from Macy’s to Kmart not only will be opening their doors on “Gray Thursday,” they’ll be doing it earlier than ever to get a jump on the shortest holiday shopping season since 2002.

timberland boot sale “It’s an effort to be as accessible to customers as possible and take advantage of every opportunity for an incremental sale,” said Joel Bines, co-leader of the retail practice at consultancy AlixPartners.

Among those warming up the holiday cash registers: Kmart will go after the extremely early birds with a 6 a.m. Thanksgiving opening.

… and maybe gobbling down another helping of turkey and stuffing …


Target plans to open at 8 p.m., one hour earlier than last year.

For the first time in its 155-year history, most Macy’s stores will be open on Thanksgiving, also starting at 8 p.m. The department store giant said was offering a voluntary holiday shift for its workers.

Brian McEntire/Getty Images/iStockphoto … and sitting in a favorite a comfy chair …

Modell’s Sporting Goods will open 93 of its 155 locations on Thanksgiving at 8 p.m. for “Night Owl” shopping specials that will include deals like 30% off Nike running shoes.

Atlantic Terminal Mall and Atlantic Center in downtown Brooklyn will open their doors for the first time ever on Thanksgiving to accommodate two big retail tenants — Best Buy and Target.

The Thursday openings there could make the lines easier to manage at the retail complexes on Black Friday.

Nick Wass/AP … while watching, say, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, one of the big games scheduled for Turkey Day. But …

“We think it will help crowd control a bit,” said Kathy Welch, senior vice president of retail development for Forest City Ratner, which owns both malls.


Consumers can expect a boatload of Thanksgiving Day deals.

… why not go out and grab a new TV for your football viewing pleasure, retailers say, such as this 50-inch Element 1080 LED that Target will be selling for $299.

For instance, Kmart will take 40% off the Android 7-inch tablet, which will be offered at $39.99. Walmart will offer the Furby Boom toy for $29, a $30 savings. Target will sell the Nintendo 3DS XL Game System for $149.99, a $50 savings.

The Thursday openings, which started in a big way last year, come as retailers are battling for market share in what could end up being a modest Christmas season.

The National Retail Federation expects holiday season sales to increase by 3.9% this year to $602.1 billion.

You can nab that TV starting at 8 p.m., since Target will be open an hour earlier than it was last year ...

That’s bigger than last year’s holiday jump of 3.5%, but less than the 5.1% increase in 2011.

Shadee Wilson, 22, a nursing student from Brooklyn, said she would try to keep her holiday spending to less than $500.


... although someone who's more into sounds than sights might prefer these Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones, which Target has marked down to $119 from $179.99.

“The economy is rocky,” Wilson said.

On her shopping list is an iPad and possibly an iPod. Wilson expects to see good deals on electronics.

Retailers feel compelled to open Thursday because shoppers want to shop on the holiday. Nearly one-quarter of those who plan to hit the stores this weekend said they expect to do so on Thursday, the retail group said.

PR NEWSWIRE Walmart won’t be outdone by its big box rival. The store is offering the Furby Boom for $29, less than half price …

“There are many Americans who celebrate Thanksgiving by shopping,” said Maggie Taylor, senior credit officer at Moody’s.

But several shoppers say they want no part of embarking on a holiday shopping spree.

Alie Rodriguez, 21, of the Bronx, is one of them.

Apple … and also has the Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi with 16 gigabytes for $299 with a $100 gift card.


“That’s too early,” said Rodriguez, who was shopping Tuesday in Herald Square. “You don’t get to eat or drink or do anything. Everyone’s gonna be out on Thanksgiving shopping. You should be at home with your family.”

A couple visiting New York from Houston also said they didn’t approve of stores opening on Thursday.

Those on your shopping list who have no interest in electronics might be pleased to get something warm from Modell's Sporting Goods for the outdoors …

“For family reasons, I do not think it’s a good idea,” said Mike Bailey, 57. “You need time to be with your family.”

Robert Miller, 49, of Brooklyn, said he doesn’t have a problem with stores opening on Thursday. Even so, he has no interest in shopping on Turkey Day.

“I’ll stay home and watch TV and eat and enjoy my food,” he said.

... like these Timberland boots, reduced to $79.99 from $129.99. Which are also good for stomping through mobs of fellow consumers who want ever-more things to be thankful for.

Retailers open on Thursday are witnessing a heavy backlash online.

There are currently 63 petitions with 220,000 signatures on the issue at petition website, according to its communications manager Shareeza Bhola.

“The message: Retailers need to think about employees and their families instead of profits,” she said.

With Elizabeth Lazarowitz


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