To better control crowds, Wal-Mart is going to keep most of its stores open all night Thursday/Friday of Thanksgiving weekend, so there won’t be the massive lines outside the store, according to the Los Angeles Times. Click here for the link to the story.
According to the story, the Black Friday specials will still start at 5 a.m., but people will be allowed to be inside the store when it starts. The article also mentions other safety measures will be in place, such as spreading the bigger deals in different parts of the store. No doubt part of this is in response to the trampling death last year of a temporary employee in New York.
Having been outside covering the Black Friday festivitites, it seems like a good move for Wal-Mart. They tend to have the longest lines, so the potential for trampling issues is higher.