UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- Black Friday is just around the corner and this year stores will open earlier than ever before.
Walmart has announced it will open its doors at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving day and Toys "R" Us will open even earlier at 9 p.m.
With the current economic status Black Friday has been an important day for retailers.
The National Retail Federation reports 22.3 million shoppers on Thanksgiving day last year which is triple the amount of midnight shoppers in 2009.
Tiffany McQueen, who works at Greatland Target in Waco, said earlier hours will make this busy day easier.
"we expect to obviously have them a lot earlier than usual, um, and just expect the rest of the day to go a lot smoother and have less congestion earlier," said McQueen.
But others don't agree with the move saying it takes away from the traditional holiday.
"I don't think it's a good idea because I don't think it's going to -- that, interfere with employees they're going to have to be here and they're not going to get to spend time with their family. Or if they usually travel out of town they're going to have to come home that night to be here to work," said a Target shopper.
Stores like Target, Best Buy, Kohl's and Macy's will open at midnight of Thanksgiving day.