Thanksgiving openings appear to succeed
The first takeaway from Black Friday 2013: Thanksgiving is changing.
For all the talk of shopping boycotts — on the grounds that family values exceed the desire to save a few bucks — American consumerism has triumphed. The crowds that typically appear before dawn Friday showed up at what’s traditionally dinnertime on Thursday.
Mall managers across the country said shoppers showed up in droves this year, only they all did it earlier. That led to a smoother flow of traffic throughout the night instead of the usual rush at midnight.