Bass Pro Shops, K-Mart, Walmart, Garden Ridge and for the first time ever, Sears... all open Thanksgiving Day. There may be other retailers I'm not aware of but it seems each year more stores are open today... at least for a little while.
I talked to a manager at Sears in St. Peters. He says about 40 people were waiting to get in when the doors opened at 7am. Traffic was steady in the 40 minutes or so we were there, especially in the electronics and appliance departments.
The people working at Sears all seemed to be in pretty good moods. The manager told me all of them volunteered to work. It's a short day. They closed at noon.
At Bass Pro Shops in St. Charles it was really hoppin'. They opened at 8am and the manager there told me when he got in at 6:30 there were more than 100 people waiting to get in. While we were there, there was activity everywhere.
I asked one customer why he was there shopping on Thanksgiving. He said the deals are too good to pass up. Plus, he was heading home for turkey dinner after that. No more stops.
Way back when, hardly any place was open on Thanksgiving. Now retailers are realizing they can enjoy more profits along with the pumkin pie. The Sears manager told me he expects more competitors to open on Thanksgiving in the years to come because it just makes business sense.
It took 85 years for Sears to do it. Other retailers can't be far behind.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com.