'Black Midnight' new normal for shopping season kick-off

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Last year, only a few stores opened at midnight for Black Friday shopping, but hundreds of Twin Cities retailers will throw open their doors at the moment that Thanksgiving day ends and the holiday shopping season officially begins, the Pioneer Press reports.

At the Mall of America, at least 180 retailers plan midnight openings, and at least 55 Rosedale Mall stores plan midnight openings, the newspaper reports. And a majority of stores at Maplewood Mall will be open at midnight.

Of course, some big retailers also plan to be open on Thanksgiving day, among them Kmart, Sears, Walmart and Toys 'R Us. Target has drawn fire from some customers and employees for being open Thanksgiving, although the store says it has more willing volunteers to work that day than shift openings.

KARE 11 claims to have the most comprehensive coverage for Black Friday customers collected in one place, including the top 5 Black Friday myths. The site also has maps of dozens of stores that detail where you can find deals inside each store.

Meanwhile, locally owned retailers are prodding shoppers to skip the big chain stores, WCCO reports:

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