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November 26, 2013

Black Friday loses luster with Thanksgiving Day sales

Many N.H. stores will be open on Thanksgiving

For years, Thanksgiving has been all about turkey and football. But now, another Thanksgiving tradition is beginning to take shape — shopping.

Many stores in New Hampshire will be open tomorrow. Black Friday sales are starting early — on Thanksgiving.

Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and others will open in the early evening, but Kmart will be open at 6 a.m. tomorrow — and stay open for more than 40 consecutive hours.

“It’s one of my favorite days of the year,” said Allison Lee, 24, of Methuen. “It seems to get more and more intense every year.”

Lee and her sister, Stephanie, start at midnight and shop right through the morning.

“We’re usually done by about 11 a.m.,” Lee said. “It takes a lot of coffee, that’s for sure.”

While stores in New Hampshire are allowed to open tomorrow, different rules apply in Massachusetts where Black Friday begins — Friday. Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island are the only three states which require stores to stay closed on Thanksgiving.

At Best Buy in Salem, the doors will open on Thanksgiving for the first time. In previous years, they waited until midnight to open.

But people will be waiting in line well before that the store opens tomorrow.

“We expect people to start lining up around mid-afternoon (today),” said David St. Cyr, general manager of the Salem Best Buy.

But, St. Cyr said, the days of people rushing in when the door opens no longer exist.

“We give everyone in line a ticket and start letting a few people go in at a time in orderly fashion,” he said.

PlayStation 4 and XBox One video game systems are the most popular items this holiday season, he said, but Black Friday shoppers looking for those items could be disappointed.

“We don’t have any of the systems in stock right now,” he said. “We aren’t advertising them because we just don’t know what the availability will be.”

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