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Stores prep for Thanksgiving shopping
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
On Thanksgiving evening, many families are prepping the turkeys, picking up last minute groceries and getting a jump start on their holiday shopping. This year, a number of stores will help shoppers begin early by opening on Thanksgiving, what some people are calling 'Gray Thursday.'
At Parkdale Mall, about 30 stores will open as early as 8 p.m. Thursday. In a survey from the National Retail Federation, 33 million people said they planned to shop on Thanksgiving.
Lisa Weber was one of the shoppers at J.C. Penney Wednesday. She said she's getting first dibs on holiday gifts.
"After Thanksgiving dinner, we plan to go shopping early," Weber said.
When she goes back to the store Thursday, she'll bring her family with her.
"I also have a son that works out here in the mall so we're coming to surprise him and do some shopping," she said.
Her son, Eric Weber, works at J.C. Penney. He's prepping for the start of his Thanksgiving night shift by stacking shoes.
"Black Friday. It's gonna be crazy. But I'm ready for it though," he said.
He'll get ready for the mad rush with a little boost.
"I just might come a little fuller than normally I used to," Weber said. He'll eat dinner with his family then work his 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift.
If he's still hungry, he'll be able to eat at the store.
"We have lots of things going on for the associates because they're having to give up some time with their families, so we're feeding them to," Nancy Avery, a store leader at J.C. Penney, said.
Avery said the store's spent around two months preparing for the holiday weekend. It's the first time the store will open on Thanksgiving at 8 p.m.
Other area retailers will also open early. Target, Best Buy, Macy's and Kohl's will all open at 8 p.m. Walmart will stay open 24 hours.