Shoppers pack stores earlier than ever on Black Friday

Bargain hunters flooded Glendale's shopping malls Thursday evening  as Black Friday crept into Thanksgiving this year with some retailers opening their doors early to shoppers.

At Urban Outfitters at the Americana at Brand, customers had lined up as early as 9:30 p.m. for their shot at half-priced merchandise. The store opened at midnight.

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Retailers such as Macy's, Target and JCPenney opened their doors at 8 p.m. at the Glendale Galleria.

"Everything is open so much earlier, it's interrupting the Thanksgiving spirit," said Blake Frederick, 19, who was standing in line at Urban Outfitters around 12:30 a.m.

For Mayra Franco, 21, half her family was missing from the Thanksgiving table because they had to report to work at either Target or Macy's.

Sonia Solis, who was in line at the Disney store at the Glendale Galleria just before 2 a.m., made sure shopping didn't interfere with family time.

"We said, ‘we're not going to compromise Thanksgiving’ -- we had dinner, the kids are asleep, then we came," said the Highland Park mother of three.

For others, shopping on Black Friday had become a Thanksgiving tradition, even if they had no plans to spend money.

"It feels really empty not to go out," said Andrew Herce, 19, who was waiting in line at Urban Outfitters with his cousin just before 1 a.m. "It's about tradition."

-- Alene Tchekmedyian,

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