LOGAN – This year, Black Friday deals were extended to begin one day early on Thanksgiving, and several local stores opened their doors at 6 p.m.

LOGAN – This year, Black Friday deals were extended to begin one day early on Thanksgiving, and several local stores opened their doors at 6 p.m.

Shoppers stood in the doorway of Peebles and waited to get in the store for their holiday shopping and enjoyed hot chocolate offered by members of Hocking Hills Inspire Shelter.

Peebles store manager Maria Crompton greeted shoppers and offered scratch-off cards for store discounts and handed out tickets for those wishing to purchase the Brilliant seven-inch tablet.

Bargains were found in every aisle, including fleece throw blankets and sleepwear sets. The biggest sale several shoppers took advantage of were women’s Rampage boots for $19.99. The boots normally retail for $65 to $75.

Peebles was open through 1 a.m. and opened again on Black Friday at 6 a.m. The store offered sales with bonus gift cards and surprise scratch-off cards for extra savings on holiday presents.

“I can’t believe these prices,” boasted Jenny Thornton. “This is great they are open today and offering such low prices. Where else can you find a fleece lap throw for $9.99?”

Thornton was at Peebles with a group from HHIS who offered hot chocolate and raffle tickets for art renderings by local artists to help raise funds for Inspire Fest 2014.

For many businesses, sales on Black Friday can make or break their year. With so much at stake, many stores are getting a head start on their retail sales, hoping to boost their yearly revenue.

Black Friday has become the second-busiest day of the shopping season, following the Saturday before Christmas, but it appears as though Thanksgiving shopping is now the new Black Friday.

The new trend of shopping on Thanksgiving has many hurrying through Thanksgiving dinner just to get out the door to go shopping for those special deals. But others still believe in the traditional holiday of being with family and friends and wait patiently until the stores open for Black Friday.

Several other stores in the area opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, including Kroger, Sears, CVS and Walmart.

CVS is offering a 30 percent shopping pass through today, with a CVS card and coupon from their ad in the newspaper. The store is offering many gifts under $10, as well as other savings throughout the store, including a DVD player for $18.88.

Radio Shack offered many Black Friday deals, and is advertising Cyber Monday sales beginning at midnight Sunday.

Although the idea of shopping on Thanksgiving isn’t sitting well with some, the National Retail Federation estimated that nearly 33 million people would shop on the holiday.

Overall, the National Retail Federation expects retail sales to be up 4 percent to $602 billion during the last two months of the year. That's higher than last year's 3.5 percent growth, but below the 6 percent pace seen before the recession.

Analysts expect sales to be generated at the expense of profits, as retailers will likely have to do more discounting to get people into stores.

However, for those who missed out on deals on Thanksgiving or Black Friday, there will be plenty more sales offered before Santa makes his deliveries on Christmas Eve.