Some skipping turkey for shopping this Thanksgiving

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This Thanksgiving, some people are opting to push back time with family to get some Christmas shopping done.

Fernando Mendes said he was looking for coats this holiday. "They are featuring some really good prices and also appliances for the house," he said.

Dozens of people lined up outside the K-Mart at Addison and Kedzie Thursday morning, waiting for the doors to open at 6:00am.

Others say they will wait until after dinner and shop at the stores that open Thursday night.

Retail experts say they expect Black Friday to be huge, possibly the biggest seen in 15 years.

"There are 200 million more Americans with jobs this Black Friday compared to last Black Friday," Andrew Challenger, VP of Challenger, Gray and Christmas said. "Gas prices are down...there's more discretionary income in the pockets of consumers as we enter a big holiday season."

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2 comments

  • Greg

    200 million more people with jobs in this country? Our population is 316 million so was everyone unemployed last year. Is there an editor that works at WGN.

  • George Young

    Chicago WGN-TV Thanksgiving evening news story had an on camera interview with Andrew Challenger, VP of Challenger, Gray and Christmas. Direct quote in this interview: “There are 200 million more Americans with jobs this Black Friday compared to last Black Friday,” Andrew Challenger, VP of Challenger, Gray and Christmas said.
    Really??!! This certainly cannot be the case.
    The latest October 2014 employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a total civilian noninstitutional population of 248.7 million persons and a total employed population of 147.3 million persons.
    So what did you really mean to say, Mr. Challenger?