"Traditionally, for several stores over the last couple of years, Thanksgiving Day has been the kick-off to the Black Friday shopping weekend".
Separate data suggested a continuing trend for Black Friday bargain hunting to be done online rather than on the High Street.
Target is opening Thanksgiving Day at 5 p.m., and will have extended hours on Black Friday.
The line of shoppers at Kohl's in Kanawha County started forming at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day 2018.
The Best Buy in the River City Marketplace was prepared early Thursday with a small gate surrounding its store, meant to keep shoppers in line.
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Early indications suggest that Black Friday spending will dip for the first time this year since its arrival in the UK. To make them easier to find, workers wear yellow sashes that say, "Check out with me".
About 21 percent said they'd shop online, though 70 percent said they'd shop in-store and online, according to the survey.
"We'll be open all day like we normally are during the holidays and every other day".
"I am the oldest of 8 children, so I like to get everyone's Christmas gifts all together on this one day, get al the deals and save money", said shopper Danielle Burton.
"We just had dinner at Aunt Jenny's, and now we've got to work it off", said a Target customer. "They've been unloading trucks nonstop for the past month or so".
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Best Buy - 5 p.m. until 1 a.m.
Target and Best Buy opened their doors at 5 p.m.
Gone this year were a pair of store that over the decades had become Lima holiday shopping staples.
"The deals are available everywhere". Even though it has shifted to a lot of people doing some shopping on Thanksgiving, and some starting in early November when they start rolling out Black Friday deals, people still enjoyed going out shopping on Black Friday and some people just want to get out of the house after Thanksgiving. "We prepare for this thing all year long, to tell you the truth". They'll have some good Thanksgiving kick-off deals.
This year Walmart and other stores are using new technology that will help you avoid long check-out lines as well as provide real-time, in-store mapping to help you find items quickly. It's kind of a tradition.
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At Walmart, new "Pay with Me" scanners will be carried by some store employees, allowing you to pay for your items with a credit card or a mobile pay app, regardless of where you are in the store.