Twin Cities shoppers add some getting to this year's Thanksgiving

23/11/2012 14:56

Twin Cities consumers by the thousands left the warmth of home and family on Thanksgiving night to descend on major retailers in search of deep discounts on gifts for others and treats for themselves as stores push ahead the starting line for Black Friday.

It's a scene playing out all across the nation as the brick-and-mortar Target, Wal-Mart, Kmart and other coast-to-coast chains lock horns with one another and their online competitors, opening their doors on a day once reserved for family, turkey, football and gratitude.

Craig Bouta and his girlfriend, Theresa Epps, arrived at 4 a.m. at the Burnhaven Mall Kmart Burnsville on what they dubbed "Brown Thursday." They were first in line.

The Prior Lake couple traded in Thanksgiving dinner at Epps' mother's house and instead were hunkered down in lawn chairs, wearing winter hats, parkas and munching on ham sandwiches waiting for the store's 8 p.m. opening.

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