Bargain hunters got up before dawn today as retailers opened early in an effort to boost sales on the day after Christmas.
With retailers offering discounts of 50 to 75 percent, some stores opened at 5 a.m. (Kohls, Wal-Mart) followed by others at 6 a.m. (J.C. Penney, Toys R Us) and 7 a.m. (Macy's, Target, Sears).
The day after Christmas is usually the second highest revenue day for retailers and this year they are hoping to build on better than projected pre-Christmas sales.
Helping them is the fact that the day after Christmas this year is a holiday for many because it fell on a Sunday. And unlike last year, when the day after Christman fell on a Sunday, today is a Monday.
Stock markets, courts and local, state and federal government offices are closed for the day.
SEPTA city and suburban transit routes, including the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines, are operating on a Saturday Schedule.
SEPTA Regional Rail trains are running on a Sunday Schedule. (www.septa.org)