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Black Friday a Thing of the Past

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - For a lot of people it's a tradition to get up really early Friday morning and get the holiday bargains, but more stores are planning on opening their doors on Thanksgiving.

"It's absolutely great," said Krystyna Hansen, from Cedar Falls.

"I think it's a little ridiculous," said Donna Douangchampa, from Cedar Falls.

The madness of Black Friday may be a time of the past. Stores like Target and Best Buy join dozens of others opening Thanksgiving Day, trying to capitalize on getting holiday shoppers in the doors earlier. 

Douangchampa, she says she feels for the people who may have to work on Thanksgiving.

"Because it defeats the whole purpose of Thanksgiving day being with family," said Douangchampa.

One chain staying closed until Black Friday is Menards.

Waterloo general manager Brian Sampson can't count how many Black Fridays he's worked.

"It's an exciting day," said Sampson.

He says the family-owned company wants its team members to keep a family tradition.

"We want our team members to enjoy the holidays too just as much as everybody else. And it's a family tradition Thanksgiving and there we want to keep that and keep that going with everybody," said Sampson.

Sampson says although other stores may be starting sales early, they don't think waiting until Friday will hurt business.

"They like coming out on that Friday morning. They're used to it, they've don't it for years and years and years taking advantage of that sale in the morning."


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