Black Friday across the Tri-State begins Thanksgiving night

Shoppers rush to stores for Black Friday deals

TRI-STATE (WFIE) - Many stores opened their doors around 5 p.m. Thanksgiving with deals galore for those lucky enough to be first inside.

14 News talked to one shopper from out of town. She drove several hours to be here with her family.

She tells us Black Friday shopping was a tradition she shared only with her dad, but then her sister joined in, too. It’s an event each of them now looks forward to.

With the deals on display, Best Buy shoppers came filing through the doors at 5 p.m. Many of them already knew exactly what they wanted.

“A laptop for my child,” said Jeremy, one shopper we spoke with. “He is autistic and he wants to be an advocate for autism, pretty much to let other autistic children know that if he can do it anybody can do it.”

The man at the very front of the line says he waited more than six hours to try to snag a new TV. Others, who were found a little farther down the line, tell us they came just for the fun of it.

The National Retail Federation reports over 165 million people planed to shop between now and Cyber Monday. New research from RetailMeNot finds 85% of consumers plan to shop this weekend, which is up from last year’s 78%

The increase in shoppers might be because of less time between Black Friday and Christmas. Only 26 days separate the two compared to 32 in the previous year.

Regardless of your reason to hit the retailers remember to be respectful.

“I used to work retail so I’ve seen fights," Elaine Lively recalled. "It can get crazy, but the last couple years, I feel, have been fairly calm.”

As for Target, store managers say they will be open until 1 a.m. They will take a break before reopening the store at 7 a.m. Friday.

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