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Retailers offer earliest Black Friday hours

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Stores are opening their doors earlier than ever for Black Friday. Shoppers can head to K-Mart as early as 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

"This is the first time we've ever done something like that," said Billy Resnake, the manager of K-Mart in Charleston. "It's going to be a challenge. We're doing it for our customers."

Shoppers can stop at K-Mart from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving; the store re-opens at 5 a.m. for Black Friday.

"We're just trying to compete with everybody else," Resnake said. "All the other retailers have done something different in the past."

To keep up with the Jones' and quell the crowd frenzy, K-Mart will feature different sales depending on the time of day. This includes "Buy one, get one free" deals.

Resnake offered a tip for enthusiastic shoppers: know what you're buying beforehand and come early. For the door buster items, it's usually first come, first serve.

Every store at Charleston Town Center will open at midnight on Black Friday, with some restaurants and the food court opening at 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

"Christmas comes whether we're ready or not, so why not be ready?" said Lisa McCracken, the marketing director at the Charleston Town Center.

Just in time for the holidays, the shopping center unveiled its latest renovations, including its center fountain and new furniture.

McCracken said the best time to shop--if you want to avoid the crowd-- is early in the day or late at night.

But some shoppers said they feel like this free-for-all turns people away from the "true" holiday spirit.

"That day is set aside for my family," said Chris Richardson from Spencer. "We always enjoy being together."

Richardson and her daughter, Sarah, came to the mall Monday to shop so they can enjoy Thanksgiving in peace.

"Because Thanksgiving is just that," said Sarah Richardson. "It's time to be thankful for all that God has blessed us with."

The Charleston Town Center is open 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.