Holiday Shoppers Take Advantage of “Gray Thursday”

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SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP -- The retail chain Kmart opened its doors at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, so-called "Gray Thursday," all gearing up for Black Friday.

Newswatch 16 found plenty of shoppers when we stopped by Kmart near Hazleton. The Pelcas from New York were there, in part, for the Christmas spirit.

"We like to start the Christmas shopping and enjoy the Christmas songs in the store," said Tunde Pelca.

Some folks, including Savannah Seabo of Andreas, were shopping to avoid the crowds anticipated on Black Friday.

"It's much easier than going out Black Friday and you still get deals."

The holiday bargains attracted Jennifer Kasarda, always looking out for her family budget.

"I am able to buy more because I'm saving a lot of money versus buying something full price, said Kasarda, of Tresckow.

If there is a  downside, it's having to work on Thanksgiving. That made shopper Amber Hamilton of Freeland a little guilty.

"I think of the meaning for the workers. I kind of feel a little bad that I'm here, but it helps me out for the holiday season."

Dan Angst is one of those employees working on Thanksgiving. He doesn't mind postponing his dinner until later in the day.

"I think it's fun working on the holiday, getting into the Christmas spirit when you're working in the retail business," Angst said. "It doesn't bother me. It's part of the business."

Some are calling this Gray Thursday, but store managers say they still expect big crowds on Black Friday.