Consumers gobble up savings on Thanksgiving

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Kmart stores throughout the Valley opened their doors at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day to customers hoping to beat the Black Friday rush.

When the doors opened, employees say there was a line of 150 people waiting to get in.

"It's been a terrific day because most of the people have been really nice really sweet about waiting and all that, I love it that way," said John Miller who worked the holiday.

Despite having to work, employees gave thanks and expressed their gratitude for respectful shoppers even at 6 a.m.

"When I opened those doors it took about 5 minutes to get the people in but they all came in perfect," said Maria Jewell, Kmart store manager.

She said Kmart is the pioneer of opening early on Thanksgiving and consumers take full advantage of the deals.

Footwear was a hit with a buy one, get one for $1 promotion and tablets for under $50.

Clothing, toys and appliances were also popular picks first thing.

"Some of the doorbuster stuff the blender, can opener and there was other stuff in here I wanted but they're out," said Kmart shopper Gloria Canas.

They may be out Thursday, but it's a sure bet shelves will be stocked for round two, Black Friday.

Kmart will remain open until 10 p.m. Saturday and many of the shoppers said they're going to wake up Friday morning and do it all over again.