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Less Shoppers Expected Black Friday

Heather Burke

Less Shoppers Expected Black Friday

CREATED Nov. 21, 2012

We're all grateful for different things this Thanksgiving. Carlos Jardon is thankful for a spot outside Best Buy in Ashwaubenon.

"Last year we were in the corner of the building. Now we're up here. It's a big difference," Jardon said, who's been sleeping in a tent outside the store since Monday.

According to the National Retail Federation, more than 147-million people plan to shop Black Friday weekend. But that's down about 5-million compared to last year.

Another 76-million said they would wait to see what retailers have in-store this weekend.

"I like to do my shopping when it's not so busy," shopper Jamie Grabner said.

Grabner won't be snatching the sales.

"I think it's getting a little bit out of hand with stores opening at 9PM on Thursday. I think it's family time that should be honored," Grabner said.

That's when Shopko opens its doors.

"Last year we opened at midnight, and the customers told us they'd like us to open sooner," Shopko store manager Dale Adams said.

This year, Adams stocks the shelves for earlier the rush.

"This year we've expanded our offering of door busters. We have 600 door busters that start at 9PM and go through noon Friday, so we have a time frame that fits everybody's schedule," Adams said.

And for Jardon waiting days for a laptop is worth it.

"I'll do this every year like a tradition," Jardon said.

The doors at Best Buy will open at midnight Friday. While other stores like Target will start as early as nine o'clock Thanksgiving night.