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More stores planning to open on Thanksgiving

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ELLENTON (FOX 13) -

The turkey hasn't even thawed, but the Christmas bells are ringing and so are the cash registers.

"It works and it makes them a ton of money," said FOX 13 Consumer Reporter Chris Chmura.

The Christmas creep is back; stores will open earlier than ever before.

KMART opens at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving.

J.C Penneys, Kohl's, Macy's Sears and Walmart open just after dinner at 8 p.m.

The Wall Street Journal said nearly 20 percent of holiday shopping will happen over Thanksgiving weekend.

"They are saying Thanksgiving, hey that's over by noon, come shop right after you get done with the turkey dinner. That's the draw at least for this year," Chmura said.

At Ellenton Premium Outlets, stores will begin opening up at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day; the rest will be open by midnight.

"It really comes down to the shopper's need, their demand that they want to start their shopping after their Thanksgiving dinner," said Sarah Ozgen with the mall.

Ozgen said 67 stores at Ellenton Premium will open before midnight.

"We do anticipate that number to keep rising every day," she said.

Many shoppers we talked to won't be shopping on turkey day.

"I didn't buy anything, so it didn't matter to me," Sue Drake said.

Tina Gilbert agreed.

"I think that it is sad. I think it's better to sit with your family," she said.

Wendy Stromberg said Thanksgiving will be reserved for her family.

"We have less time to spend with our family. Too much working, so the time we can spend, I'm going to spend with my two kids," she said.

She started her shopping early.

"The sales have started and I don't feel like I'm going to miss out on anything if I don't go Thanksgiving Day," she said.

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