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Many Vegas stores open for Thanksgiving shopping

Posted at 10:49 PM, Nov 26, 2015

Many people started cooking a Thanksgiving feast early this morning, but not everyone was totally prepared.

Action News visited a Smith's grocery store in Henderson on Thursday morning and saw quite a few people stopping by for last-minute items.

We noticed that a lot of people seemed to have forgotten to purchase eggs or a needed spice. And a few shoppers told us that many Thanksgiving staples have already sold out or were selling out quickly.

Luckily, a lot of stores are open in the Las Vegas valley for last-minute purchases.

Although some stores, such as those at the local outlet malls, opened as usual on Thursday morning, most of the big stores won't be opening until 5 or 6 p.m.

J.C. Penney's was one of the exceptions for the bigger stores. Action News stopped by the one at Meadows Mall and there was a large crowd eager to get in when the doors opened at 3 p.m.

The Las Vegas Premium Outlet Mall also saw quite a few shoppers out and about early on Thanksgiving Day.

Action News talked to people from Utah, Tennessee and even from across the pond at the outlet mall.

We asked many of the shoppers if they are spending more or less this year. Some said that they are absolutely spending more although one couple admitted they are spending less because they are in the middle of remodeling their home.

In fact, we spoke to 72 people. 44 of those said they are spending more, 8 said less, 12 said they are spending about the same and the rest just didn't know.

Back in Henderson, Best Buy was another hot spot for shoppers on Thanksgiving Day. Shoppers lined up outside -- some of whom even camped out -- to snap up deals on big ticket items like televisions.

There were also quite a few eager shoppers waiting for the doors of the Toys 'R' Us in Henderson to open.

Many of the stores will be open extended hours on Thanksgiving and are opening extra early on Black Friday. For example, Best Buy will be open until 1 a.m. and then reopen at 8 on Friday and stay open until 10 p.m.