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Shoppers line up for early sales, even before 'Black Friday'

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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The J.C. Penney store in Clarksville opened Thanksgiving afternoon at 3 p.m., in response to shoppers' demands for earlier openings in advance of Black Friday.

WDRB's Travis Ragsdale found shoppers ready for special sales on clothing, home goods and small appliances. Other stores in the Green Tree Mall and other shopping centers in the Louisville areas were to open by 6 p.m., if not in the wee hours of Friday morning.

Shoppers no longer have to wait until Black Friday to cruise store aisles for holiday deals. Many make shopping a Thanksgiving holiday tradition.

"People will do what's best for them. This one day or two days a year where it really is a family tradition, they come out as the whole family. They make a whole day of it," said Tim McCabe of the Penney store. "People are in a great mood."

With online shopping available at any time of the day or night, many major retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us and Macy's are among the retailers whose brick-and-mortar stores were to open by 6 p.m. Thursday.

But, the decision to open on the holiday gets mixed reactions from consumers. In its annual consumer survey, the Deloitte financial services firm finds more than half of those surveyed say they disagree with stores being open on Thanksgiving and feel more loyalty to those that remain closed. Deloitte's head of retail, Rod Sides, says half of the respondents said they would hold off on purchases if their preferred store is not open on either Thanksgiving or Black Friday.

Meanwhile, Maine's attorney general is taking it a step further. Janet Mills is reminding state residents that Maine does not allow stores over 5,000 square feet to be open on holidays. The law has been in place for 52 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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