Thanksgiving shopping season changes up in Pine Belt

Statistics show the Thanksgiving shopping season is changing up this year. The Research Consensus shows that more folks will be shopping tonight. While the enthusiasm for Black Friday has diminished, predicts a hike in Cyber Monday sales in a few days.

There's Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Shopping Hangover Tuesday, and now-- for the first time ever- there's Grey Thursday. Stores across the Pine Belt open their doors for patrons who want to hit the deals, and for those who want to walk off their Thanksgiving meals.

"You dread it because of all of the lines and all of the people waiting and you know the hype that it gets you know you just wanna get in and get out and you enjoy it because of the discounts and the savings that you get from some of the places that you shop at," said Thomas Temple, a Belk customer.

He says the sales are the only thing that draws his family to the stores, not the hype.

While stores such as Old Navy and Big Box stores in our viewing area open today, one local business manager chose to close the doors of Moore's Bike Shop in Downtown Hattiesburg to serve lunch at Trinity Episcopal Church for the day.

"Well I manage Moore's Bike Shop, and, yes, we close every year on Thanksgiving. Main holidays, we think it's important to let employees off and spend time with their families and we'll be open tomorrow normal hours," Jenny Moore said.

While many are enthused about those door buster sales and huge markdowns, many folks in the Facebook world express anger toward businesses choosing to open on Thanksgiving night. One woman says, "Money is more important to corporations than their employees." Another chimed in, saying "families should be together on Thanksgiving."