H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Nov 29, 2013 8:37 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Should retailers be open on Thanksgiving?

Black Friday shopping may have seemed a little slower this year. Some attribute it to retailers opening their doors one day earlier. So what do people really think about stores opening up on Thanksgiving Day?

The sound of trunk doors closing was all you could hear when you stepped out of your car at the Madonna Shopping Center in San Luis Obispo Friday.

Shoppers stormed retailers during Friday's discount mania, but early reports suggest lines were a little shorter than in the past and it could be due to some stores opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day.

"For real shoppers, it's wonderful. It kind of thins out the crowd for the whole day," said Black Friday shopper Mike Melden.

Melden says he has no problem with the jump start but he does have stipulations.

"As long as they pay the people good wages it's good," said Melden.

However, other shoppers felt Thanksgiving was off limits.

"Everybody would wait and shop the day after if the stores wouldn't open," said one shopper. "Why don't they wait and do it then? Then the employees don't have to worry about being there either."

For some, no deal could be enticing enough to exit the family get together.

"Thanksgiving should be for eating, watching football and drinking beer," said shopper Todd Love.

Support it or not, those who braved the crowds this Black Friday, are celebrating big wins.

It's still uncertain whether the early opening will benefit retail sales this year. Many companies will also be weighing the cost of holiday pay for employees versus the number of consumers coming in on Thanksgiving.

The National Retail Federation expects Black Friday shoppers to spend nearly $600 million across the nation this year. That would be up 3.9% from last year.

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