Black Friday Starts Early with ‘Grey Thursday’ as Stores Open Early

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Planning to take advantage of post-Thanksgiving deals? Not surprisingly, you're not alone. The National Retail Federation estimates 147 million people are expected to shop over this coming weekend, but what was once a shopping weekend that started on Black Friday has now turned into a shopping frenzy that's starting on what some are calling "Grey Thursday" otherwise known as Thanksgiving.

That doesn't sit well with everyone.

All across the country, even in St. Louis, people are already waiting in lines to get what they hope will be amazing deals on electronics or toys. The tent-dwelling shoppers haven't set up camp just yet at one area Best Buy.

"We're expecting a good amount of people right as soon as we close on Wednesday," said Ryan Kinley the Home Sales Manager at Best Buy.

People may line even earlier for their shot at deep discounts on TVs, phones or laptops - the hot items this year.  Best Buy opens up at midnight Friday just like it did for the first time last year. Before that it opened at 5 a.m.

"I think midnight's fine because being open for 24 hours is plenty, but we'll see," Kinley said.

Other stores are taking it a step further, like Walmart and Kmart, which are opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Target is opening at 9 p.m.

Zona Rosa started its midnight madness five years ago.  They say they were one of the first in the metro to open so early, and shoppers seem to like it.

"If no one came out, we would probably not open," explained Rosemary Salerno.  "They've demanded it, and the retailers have responded, and people are getting aggressive."

Zona Rosa expects people to line up early Thursday morning.

Some shoppers, however, want no part of the shopping frenzy.

"People are crazy for going out on Black Friday shopping," said Ashley Mackey. "People get hurt that way."

"Me, personally, Thanksgiving is for turkey and football, so that's what we're going to do," Rose Patanag said.

For many others it seems Thanksgiving is turning into a day for shopping or camping out.

There are multiple petitions online against "Grey Thursday."  Many of them are in support of store employees who will have to work on Thanksgiving.

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