Decatur -- Several stores in Central Illinois will begin their Black Friday deals a day early.
The K-Mart in Decatur will open its doors to shoppers at 6 AM Thursday. Other retailers including Best Buy and Walmart will begin their sales later in the day.
While some residents say the added hours allow the companies to make larger profits from their holiday sales, others say the meaning of Thanksgiving gets lost in the mad dash for deals.
"I'm not crazy at all that we are now into the idea of selling things," said Suzanne Schwarz, a Central Illinois shopper. "We only have one Thanksgiving, we have all the other days that the stores are open."