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Thousands line up for Black Thursday retail experience

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Move over Black Friday, Black Thursday is new start of the holiday shopping season in Hawaii.

At the Target store in Salt Lake, more than 1,000 shoppers lined up for the 8 p.m. opening on Thanksgiving night.

Similar lines were found at the Waikele Premium Outlet and Walmart stores. Many of these stores weren't even open on Thanksgiving day last year.

"This line is pretty ridiculous. We walked around, the line is all the way around the building," said David Goodman of Pearl City.

But many of the people who waited more than 12 hours for first crack at the sales said they didn't like the idea of a Black Thursday.

"It's not fair to the employees. They don't get the deals so they don't get any of the savings and they miss their holidays with their families," said Amber Woommavovah of Fort Shafter.

But they still came, attracted by the bargains.

"This is a ticket for a 50-inch T.V. for $200. It normally costs $800 to $900," said Woommavovah.

Same thing at other stores around the islands.

At the Waikele Premium Outlets, Toni Chaviera waited in lines to get a look at the deals inside the Coach outlet.

"It's the sale, it's the time of the season," she said.

Shoppers were also out in full force in Waikiki. The Gilbert family of Colorado had no trouble trading in a turkey dinner for the shopping scene in the tourist Mecca.

"I must say, it's liberating....I saved a turkey, how about that," said Natalie Gilbert. That extra day of shopping adds to the bottom line for Hawaii retailers, which are expecting almost 4 percent growth over last year.

"Our retailers are actually really excited about it," said Sheri Sakamoto of the Retail Merchants of Hawaii.


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