BLACK THURSDAY?: Retailers offer Thanksgiving Day bargains, sales

COLUMBIA CITY — Early morning shoppers morphed into turkey day shoppers as many retailers offered holiday deals on Thanksgiving Day.Black Friday was instituted to boost a stumbling economy in 1939 by Franklin Roosevelt. But this year, the sales started a day early. Locally, Wal-Mart started its holiday shopping season at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. That led shoppers on a mission to find the best Black Friday deals to ask a difficult question: Deal with the crowds now or later?Cars from Wal-Mart’s parking lot spilled into other local businesses, as shoppers worked their way into the crowded store.Other businesses in Columbia City, such as Goody’s, also had a substantial turnout, with steady lines in checkout lanes for several hours.For a more in depth look at this story, see the Nov. 23 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.