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Holiday shopping season begins on Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013 • Business


People wait outside the American Eagle store for it to open at the Citadel Outlets on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Los Angeles. Instead of waiting for Black Friday, which is typically the year’s biggest shopping day, more than a dozen major retailers are opening on Thanksgiving Day this year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers gobbled turkey, but saved the pumpkin pie for later on Thanksgiving Day.

As more than a dozen major retailers from Target to Toys R Us opened on Thanksgiving, shoppers across the country got a jump start on holiday shopping. The Thanksgiving openings come despite planned protests across the country from workers’ groups that are against employees missing Thanksgiving meals at home.

More than 200 people stood in line at the Toys R Us store in the Manhattan borough of New York City before its 5 p.m. opening.

Green Bryant was first in line at 10 a.m. The restaurant manager ended up buying a dollhouse for $129 — $30 off — a Barbie doll and a LeapFrog learning system. Bryant, 28, said she didn’t miss Thanksgiving festivities but was going home to cook a Thanksgiving meal for her two children.

“It was worth it,” she Login to read more

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