• Central Fla. stores open early for deal-seeking shoppers


    CENTRAL FLORIDA - Shoppers poured into stores for door busters on Thursday, ahead of Black Friday.

    "It was much better than doing Black Friday," said shopper Damaris Reyna.

    "It's cool because we have nothing else to do, just wait for the food. It gives us something to do when we're not at work," said shopper Carrie Whalen.

    Some stores in Central Florida did not wait for Black Friday this year.

    At a Winter Park Kmart, the parking lot was full and the store was hit with shoppers looking to get a good deal.

    Kmart stayed open until 4 p.m. Thursday, and will reopen at 8 p.m.

    WFTV reporter Lori Brown was at the store at 6 a.m., when the line of people stretched around the store.

    "I went to Sam's and I got my son a basketball hoop for $246, and today, I found it here at $178. It's a big deal," said Reyna.

    On Friday at 3 a.m., Kmart will close for two hours and then open again at 5 a.m.

    Walmart and Sears are opening at 8 p.m. Thursday.

    Best Buy, Kohl's and Macy's will open at midnight Friday.

    Target stores will open at 9 p.m.

    Retailers said as long as the shoppers keep coming, they'll keep the Thanksgiving hours.

    "It's market-driven. What is the demand of the consumer? As long as there will be a consumer demand for the flexibility of the hours, Gander Mountain will respond to it. We respond to our customer's needs," said Dick Clark of Gander Mountain.

    "I think that Thanksgiving is supposed to be about being home with the family, but for little things like this, it's nice to have the stores open," said shopper Dawn Zebott.

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