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Some retailers open on Thanksgiving


WATERLOO (KWWL)-- The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally known as one of the biggest shopping days of the entire year.  But this holiday, some retailers will be open on Thanksgiving Day.  And the stores may be busier than you might think.

Sale signs can already be seen throughout Old Navy in Waterloo.  And while many people will be expecting the best deals on black Friday, for the second year in a row Old Navy will be opening its doors with a few special deals on Thanksgiving Day.

"People can come in and get some of the really good values on Thursday before they hit all of the stores that are open on Friday," said Old Navy district manager Deb Leichsenring.

And while the store won't say exactly what kinds of sales you'll find on the holiday, there's on deal that will be offered to all customers who help with a charity drive.

"This year we are helping with Toys for Tots.  So if you bring a toy in for that, we will give you a coupon to save 15% of $75," Leichsenring said.

But will anyone actually shop on the holiday??

"I would definitely shop on Thanksgiving if we didn't have a million places to be and if there's some good deals," said shopper Sara Wilken.

But many other people will find their way into the stores.  Old Navy says there will likely be more shoppers than you may think.

"It seems like with everybody's schedules now, not all families can get together on Thursday.  So lots of people have Thanksgiving on Friday or Saturday.  When schedules change, shopping patterns need to change with it.  We opened last year and it responded very nicely, so we decided to try it again and open a few more stores," said Leichsenring.

That activity helps bolster the bottom line of retailers heading into the holiday season.

In addition to Old Navy, Sears will also be open Thursday at Crossroads Mall in Waterloo.  It's the first time that Sears has opened its doors on the holiday in the company's 124-year history.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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