“It helps that they will be getting paid time and a half because it’s a holiday,” he said.
Nancy Kyle, president of the New Hampshire Retail and Merchants Association, said criticism of stores opening on Thanksgiving is overblown.
“People have their meal and go out afterward,” Kyle said. “ It can definitely be a way to walk off some of the food you just ate. too.”
She said she expects this year’s Black Friday to have unusually good sales.
“This is the shortest amount of time there can be between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” she said. “It’s already less than four weeks away.”
Allison Lee said the majority of her shopping is about Christmas gifts for others.
“We save just for this,” she said. “The rest of the year is for ourselves, but this is all about getting things for others.”
Lee said she relies on Dunkin’ Donuts to get her through the morning.
Dobrinski and her relatives end the night with a special treat.
“We will go to Mary Ann’s Diner at about 3 a.m.,” she said.
The Derry diner usually opens at 6 a.m., but on Black Friday will open at 2 a.m.
“It started off as just a joke, people wishing we were open during Black Friday,” said Christina Andreoli, one of the restaurant’s owners. “But one year, we decided to try it.”
This will be the third year the restaurant is opening that early. In 2011, they got a decent crowd, but it doubled last year. This year, Andreoli expects it to be even bigger.
“We hope it becomes part of everyone’s Black Friday traditions,” she said.