Ron McGuire is one of many at Kmart working on Thanksgiving, but he says it isn't so bad.
"I'd actually rather be at home eating turkey or watching football," McGuire said. "It's not so bad. The time goes by really fast and we get free lunch."
He keeps a positive attitude as he helps customers. A good thing because Kmart had over 500 customers on Thursday morning. Store manager Brad Dires says he was relieved to see so many customers because now is a crucial time for retailers. Dires appreciates that his employees understand this.
"It's kind of mixed emotions," McGuire said. "You'd rather be off that day, but I can understand why a retailer like Kmart needs to be open."
"I know it's a sacrifice for our families and our employees families, but we appreciate that greatly," Dires said.
Construction doesn't stop for the holidays either. A crew was working on the upcoming Raising Cane's restaurant at 72nd and Dodge in Omaha on Thursday morning.
While many are used to being open on Thanksgiving, this was a first for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.
"Believe it or not, but today is just like a regular day for us, the animal departments especially," said Dan Cassidy, the zoo's General Curator.
Zoo officials figured, since they'd be there anyway, they might as well give people a place to take their out-of-town loved ones on Thanksgiving.