• Wal-mart opens doors for Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving night

    By: Tenikka Smith


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Wal-mart is opening for its Black Friday deals Thanksgiving night at eight.

    Thats just one of the reason workers nationwide are threatening to strike.

    The company gave an Eyewitness News crew a sneak peek at its preparations and deals for Black Friday.

    Company spokesperson LaToya Evans said, "We're very excited and confident about our Black Friday plans this year."

    Evans said customers will be able to find deep deals on everything from toys to electronics.

    Wal-mart will open for Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving night at 8.

    Working on the holiday is just one of many reasons some Walmart workers are threatening to strike during the busiest shopping days of the year. Wal-mart workers are also protesting low wages and skyrocketing health care premiums.

    Customer David Johnson said, "The main thing is the employees make the company."

    Johnson said he doesn't think employees should have to work for the holiday. "As a customer I believe that these fine employees need their day off. Let them rest. Let them have their turkey with their families in a tradition manner." Johnson said, "It's an American right."

    Winthrop professor and retail expert Jane Thomas said she thinks many stores are pushing the envelop and trying to beat the competition by expanding holiday hours.

    As far as the employees, Thomas says since workers in North and South Carolina are not unionized, she does not think Wal-mart workers here will stage any major protests. Walmart also believes it will be business as usual.

    Evans said, "We don't know what may or may not happen at an individual store, but can say that we have those one million associates that are working that Black Friday weekend and we're prepared to serve our customers."

    We checked the holiday hours for several other major retailers.

    Toys R Us opens at 8 p.m. Thursday. Target is opening at 9 p.m. Thursday. Sears will open at 8 p.m. Macy's will open at midnight.

    K-mart will open on Thanksgiving Day from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will reopen again from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. on Thursday night.

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