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Shoppers, employees fill stores opening on Thanksgiving night

CORDOVA, Tenn. -- Genevieve White was one of the many employees working on Thanksgiving evening to keep up with shoppers' demand.

“I would rather be at home with our kids,” she said.

But the Go! Calendars employee made the best of it, still finding something for which she could be grateful.

“I’m really looking at the positives of it. The excitement, hustle and bustle of watching everybody. It’s exciting,” she said.

But shoppers at Wolfchase Galleria in Cordova had a different take; they anxiously waited in line in anticipation of big deals.

Some stores offered discounts as much as 70 percent off.

“I want the tote and you get good bargains in here," said Megan Pinner while waiting in line outside Victoria's Secret before it opened at 6 p.m.

“I'm goi got $25 leggings, totes and $10 shirts," Tekisha Oliver said.

Most shoppers appreciated stores opening on Thanksgiving day this year.

“It used to be Friday morning now it’s Thursday evening after we eat turkey,” Pinner said.

“I’m for it because we technically would’ve had dinner and then gone out to the movies. Now we just go out shopping. I don’t see any problem with it,” Roy Eckersley said.

He joked, wondering if "Black Friday" would happen on Tuesday next year.

Store employees said they expected Friday afternoon to still be busier than Thursday night but didn't expect big crowds early Friday.

Wolfchase stayed open until 1 a.m. Friday and planned to reopen at 6 a.m.