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"Black Friday creep" another sign of changing times

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Signs at Sears in Woodfield Mall urge shoppers to start shopping for Black Friday deals before their turkey dinner is digested. Sears is one of several national retailers starting Black Friday sales at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

Signs at Sears in Woodfield Mall urge shoppers to start shopping for Black Friday deals before their turkey dinner is digested. Sears is one of several national retailers starting Black Friday sales at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

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Signs at Sears in Woodfield Mall urge shoppers to start shopping for Black Friday deals before their turkey dinner is digested. Sears is one of several national retailers starting Black Friday sale at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

Signs at Sears in Woodfield Mall urge shoppers to start shopping for Black Friday deals before their turkey dinner is digested. Sears is one of several national retailers starting Black Friday sale at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

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At 8 p.m. today, some of the suburbs' biggest national retail chains -- including Target, ToysRUs, Walmart and Hoffman Estates-based Sears -- will start their big holiday shopping sales."Black Friday creep," as it's known, has drawn mixed reactions from suburban shoppers. "Shopping is a sport to many people, and this is the Super Bowl," Sears spokesman Brian Hanover said.
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    • Signs at Sears in Woodfield Mall urge shoppers to start shopping for Black Friday deals before their turkey dinner is digested. Sears is one of several national retailers starting Black Friday sales at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year.
    • Signs at Sears in Woodfield Mall urge shoppers to start shopping for Black Friday deals before their turkey dinner is digested. Sears is one of several national retailers starting Black Friday sales at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year.
    • Signs at Sears in Woodfield Mall urge shoppers to start shopping for Black Friday deals before their turkey dinner is digested. Sears is one of several national retailers starting Black Friday sale at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year.
    • Signs at Sears in Woodfield Mall urge shoppers to start shopping for Black Friday deals before their turkey dinner is digested. Sears is one of several national retailers starting Black Friday sale at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year.
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