Sears plans to open its doors from 7 a.m. to noon Thanksgiving Day. It will reopen Friday morning at 4 a.m. with even more door busters. At Fresno's River Park, Michael's and Old Navy are also open on Thanksgiving Day. Wednesday, Vanessa Jaramillo of Fresno showed up to scout out the deals. "I'm going to be waiting in the parking lot. I've got to catch the sales, especially right now. Times are tough," said Jaramillo.
For people like Jaramillo, the toughest part of bargain shopping may be the wait. Portable restrooms are already set up in the parking lot for nature calls.
In Northwest Fresno, Big Lots will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and several Wal-Marts in the valley will be open from 7 a.m. Thursday to 11 p.m. Friday.
While some shoppers are looking forward to the "turkey day" deals, others don't see the change as a good thing. "I know people want to get great deals, but go on Black Friday then. I think Thanksgiving, stores should be closed and people should be spending time with their families," said Gretchan Wheeler of Fresno.
Toys R Us is also trying something new this year. Thursday, it will open two hours earlier than last year at 10 p.m. But Action News spoke with one woman who doesn't need to do anymore shopping this year. "I'm done. I'll just look at everyone going in on TV, and go, "Ooh ... I'm glad I'm not there," said Rayma Buster of Fresno.