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Canadian Thanksgiving has Stores Hopping

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Thanksgiving is still a month and a half away in the United States, but in Canada it is already here.

The tasteful holiday falls on Monday, so many packed up and headed south of the border for the weekend to enjoy the sights and sounds of Fargo.

Stores at West Acres Shopping Center were not even open, but that did not stop curious shoppers like Shelley Kuzyk from getting a peek at what stores had to offer.

"I'm just gonna see if I can buy some clothes," says Kuzyk.

She and her husband Victor are not new to the area. They have been traveling from Winnipeg to celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday in Fargo for the past three years.

"When you're caught up in the day-to-day routine of life, there's nothing like a break," says Victor.

Not only is Fargo a Canadian shopper's paradise, but stores also look forward to this time of year because they see a significant increase in sales. For some it could be a 20 to 30 percent increase.

Tradehome Shoes store manager Jon Skudlarek says, "Because their limits went from $400 for 48 hours to $800 now, it seems like they come down and really just spend a lot more."

Skudlarek says every Canadian holiday sometimes means more to his store than other holidays, since so many people make the trip.

"Overall prices down here on shoes a lot of times are less than in Canada," he says.

Though to those like the Kuzyk's, money does not make a big difference. "You can't start thinking about the price. If you wanna do it, you just go and do it," says Shelley.

Victor says, "We make it an event for us to celebrate the fall season and approaching winter."

Stores at West Acres Shopping Center say they are looking forward to the U.S. Thanksgiving next. That is because Black Friday shopping will actually begin at 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

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