Several local shops start sales Thanksgiving day

Local stores like Kmart, Walmart, Staples, Sears and many in Marshall Town Center will be open Thanksgiving to offer deals to shoppers.

Some area residents think shopping should wait until after Thanksgiving.

“Thanksgiving is important,” said Rhonda Hein, of Gladbrook. “I think Thanksgiving just gets kind of forgotten about. I would just like to go back to the tradition of families sitting around the house and just sharing memories and stuff like that. Family is the most important thing.”

Sharon Brimmer of Marshalltown agrees.

“I’m a Black Friday shopper,” Brimmer said. “I’ll be celebrating family and being thankful for Thanksgiving and then we’ll start the Christmas season. At my age there is so little you need any more, I just enjoy having my family around.”

Brimmer said she believes shopping will be popular for the younger crowd on Thanksgiving day.

Jacquelin Guevara, 19, works at Claire’s. Claire’s is one of the stores that will be open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night in Marshall Town Center.

“I’m not totally against it, but like, Thanksgiving is to be with family not shopping,” Guevara said. “It takes the workers from being home with their families. But at the same time, I’m not a very family person so that doesn’t bother me as much, but it’s business.”

Kimberly Kirchman is the owner of Charmed by Kim, another store open in Marshall Town Center Thanksgiving evening. She said she likes stores being open for Thanksgiving evening shopping.

“Christmas has always been family, Thanksgiving is just another big meal,” Kirchman said. “Thanksgiving, I think, is eventually going to be forgotten, which I think is sad.”

Kirchman said with the economy being slow, the more hours will be better on employees. She said it’s a different viewpoint from the consumer to the merchant.

“Some people don’t want the break, they want the money, they want the time and a half. The economy is really hurting right now and they are willing to work,” Kirchman said. “You have to work to survive.”

Shaphen Smith, general manager of Menards, said Menards is and always has been closed on Thanksgiving.

“Menards is a family-owned company and believes Thanksgiving is a time for family and togetherness for both our guests and for our team members,” Smith said. “That’s why we decided to not be open on Thanksgiving. We will be open on Black Friday at 6 a.m.”

Ken Huge, general manager of Marshall Town Center, said the stores in the mall are not required to be open on Thanksgiving night.

“We’re not requiring our stores to be open on Thanksgiving night but we are making it available for them,” Huge said. “Most of the stores will be open at midnight.”