Eastland Mall opens on Thanksgiving

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After the turkey and stuffing settle, comes another tradition for many – snatching up holiday savings!

It was a busy Thanksgiving night in Evansville and at Eastland Mall, which is like its own shopping city with thousands looking for a deal.

Eastland Mall opened its doors at 6 p.m. and there were hundreds in line waiting with their lists. From shoes and clothes, to perfume and watches, Christmas shopping season is officially underway.

But national retail experts wonder if this is the end of Black Friday shopping for many stores, and if online sales may finally put some stores out of business.

CNN reports, this year people are expected to spend more than ever before. The question is, if all that money is spent in brick-and-mortar stores or in cyberspace.

Still, the thrill of Black Friday, or even Thanksgiving Day shopping is more than just finding deals.

“Every year we dress in all black and people watch,” says shopper Brad Rhoads with his two daughters. It’s a tradition they do every year.

“It’s fun, I love hanging out with my daughters, hilarious seeing mile-and-a-half lines going into Target.”

For the first time ever, more people say they’ll shop online than in big box stores. Online sales tracked last year show shoppers spending almost $5 billion on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Eastland Mall opens on Black Friday at 6 a.m.

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(This story was originally published November 23, 2017)

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