The changing world of Black Friday

Black Friday shopping

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The Rush of Black Friday — now experienced on Grey Thursday. This, after many stores are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day.

When you think of Black Friday, you typically think of long lines and packed aisles no matter where you go. But because of stores opening up in the Miami Valley on Thursday, that’s all changed.

“When we pulled into the parking lot we were shocked.”

A Miami Valley Black Friday with a twist, according to some shoppers being shocked isn’t limited to a sticker.

“I’m shocked at how fast we got through the lines and the crowd in the store,” said Shopper, Stefanie Swift.

She, along with her husband Aaron go Black Friday shopping every year. This year they were looking for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle item — but were unable to find one.
Swift said she wasn’t willing to give up her Thanksgiving when many stores opened.

“So if other people did, and that’s their thing, that’s fine. It made our trip this morning a whole lot easier.”

Katie Ott is the store manager for Toys R’Us in Beavercreek. She tells us more than 300 people were willing to brave the cold Thanksgiving Day, waiting outside for hours for some hot toys.

“From what I’ve heard in past years, it was pretty similar to what we’ve had,” said Toys R’ Us Store Manager Katie Ott.

But not all stores were open Thanksgiving. Still shoppers were able to cram the aisles at several stores around the Miami Valley in time for Black Friday.

Katie tells us Gray Thursday shoppers cooled down the rush on an otherwise hectic shopping day.

“A lot of them have Thanksgiving plans still, but they want to get out here for the door busters, but a lot of them said they shopped out here on Thanksgiving for several years now.”

After an overnight lull she said stores that were open on Thanksgiving saw another boost for morning door buster specials.

And while many of the door buster sales have come and gone, there are still plenty of sales to be had especially come Cyber Monday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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