Thursday may have been Thanksgiving, but it was business as usual for local Kmart and Wal-Mart stores.
Some folks are getting a head start on the busiest shopping day of the year, while others are scrambling for last minute Thanksgiving dinner necessities, or basic household items.
Bonnie Mierke, a Thanksgiving Day shopper, said, "Kmart was very good to be open for us today, so we just came here to get the things that we needed to go and start planting our grass next year."
Charlie Owens said, "We're here shopping this morning, trying to get something to eat."
Some said they just couldn't pass up a good old sale.
Harold Bailey shared, "Well, this is the only nine-foot tree in town, and it's on sale."
Cheryl Fitzgerald added, "I saw that they had an ad in the paper and took advantage of sales."
Lois Reisdorf said, "Because I have nothing else to do, and there are some good buys in there."
And others said today is all about convenience.
Terri McKenzie said, "The crowds are horrible on Friday. It's much less crowded today."
Kmart opened its doors at 7 a.m. this morning and will stay open until 9 p.m. tonight. The Super Wal-Mart in Panama City Beach is open 24 hours a day.
The real crowds will be out tomorrow. Many stores open at 5:00 a.m. with door-buster sales.
Tomorrow is known as "Black Friday," touted as the busiest shopping day of the year, but in actuality the Saturday before Christmas is the number one shopping day.