Kmart stores opened at 6am on Thanksgiving drawing hundreds to Bay Area cash registers

TAMPA, Fla. - Black Friday shopping started a day early at Kmart stores across the Bay Area.

The store at 2915 N Dale Mabry Highway had about 300 people lined up by the time it opened at 6am.

"It's a mad rush of people coming in the store," said store manager Jon McDonald. "You know, they get a chance to get into the store early and take advantage of some of the deals."

The store had three "Door Buster" openings, the first at 6am, the second at 8pm, and the final event beginning at 5am on Friday.

Rod Ingram, a shopper who showed up Thanksgiving morning, plans to attend the 8pm event to snag a 24-inch TV for just $88.

"I couldn't believe it. I was just in awe," he said. "You get an opportunity to shop one day earlier. It makes all the difference. I have to work tomorrow."

Kia Murray studied her deal book in line.

"I'm done cooking for Thanksgiving. I cooked yesterday so I could shop today and tomorrow," she laughed. "While everybody's at home eating, I can be out shopping. Less crowds, less hassle. In and out."

Thursday shoppers like the early deals because they can avoid Black Fridays like the ones that have traumatized Nicole Fournier.

"People are crazy," she said. "I've seen people trampled over. I've seen people take things from other people's hands."

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