Fences were installed Friday at the Walmart in Murphy Canyon to hold shoppers waiting for doors to open on Thanksgiving evening. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Retailers in the San Diego area are preparing for Black Friday crowds, with many opening as early as Thursday night.

Walmart‘s Black Friday deals are available starting at 6 p.m. Thursday. On Wednesday, fences were being sett up outside stores so that shoppers would have a place to wait for doors to open.

Best Buy stories are opening a little earlier, at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Target stores, the Carlsbad Premium Outlets and Fashion Valley stores are scheduled to open at 6 p.m.

But retailers acknowledge that much shopping now takes place online, and Black Friday begins even earlier on the Internet — 9:01 p.m. Wednesday for Walmart.

“Some people waht to shop from the comfort of their own home,” said Tiffany Wilson, director of communications for Walmart.

For in-store shoppers, Walmart is color-coding merchandise and will have “holiday helpers” in special hats to guide shoppers. “We’re trying to make it a more efficient shopping experience,” Wilson explained.

The retailer, America’s largest, said it has 10 million toys in stock for Black Friday.

Black Friday is so-named because of an axiom that hordes of holiday shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving make stores profitable for the first time in a given year.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.