For the first time, the Mount Shasta Mall in Redding will be open on Thanksgiving Day to boost their Black Friday deals.
Nationwide, it is predicted that 140 million people will shop over the Thanksgiving weekend. A quarter of those shoppers will be heading out Thanksgiving Day. Shoppers at the Mount Shasta Mall had mixed reaction to the news.
“I don’t shop on Black Friday because the crowds are crazy and the deals are not all that much better,” said Kerry Ann Barnes of Redding.
“I like to get myself something nice and I like to pick out some gifts for my family and friends for a good deal,” said Heather Hudson of Redding.
The Mount Shasta Mall usually opens at midnight for their door-buster deals, but this year they decided to open four hours earlier, at 8 p.m. Thursday.
“It’s going to be hectic we’re expecting a higher volume, the whole mall is expecting a higher volume,” said Joshua Rosa, the lead associate at Harry Richie’s Jewelers.
Not everyone is fond of the idea of shopping on the holiday.
“Kids have no idea what Christmas actually stands for they think it’s all about presents and people have become so materialistic, we’ve forgot what it’s really about,” said Barnes.
“I don’t see the big hubbub of being out and about especially on a family holiday it’s not even a religious holiday,” said Rosa.
However, there are plenty of people willing to put up with the crowds on to score a hot deal. The national Retail Federation predicts about 33 million people across the country plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day.
“It’s a fun way to get out of the house if you have the day off,” said Hudson.
If you do head out for those shopping deals, come prepared.
“It’s going to be warm so drink a lot of water and be prepared to wait in lines there is going to be a lot of people,” said Rosa.
The Mount Shasta Mall opens at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and will be open 25 hours straight.