Stores open Thursday for pre-Black Friday shopping

ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) — Now that people have finished their Thanksgiving dinners, many have moved on to holiday shopping. Some stores opened Thursday with pre-Black Friday deals.

A long line of shoppers waited outside the Best Buy in Orange for hours before the store opened its doors at 5 p.m. Some shoppers arrived at 11 a.m. to get their place at the front of it.

“The last couple years I’ve been missing it so I decided to make my priority this year to be in line early,” said Herbie Jay of Branford.

The store only let so many people in at once. Shoppers had a good idea of what they were looking for; many wanted the same thing.

“We want a new TV,” said Nada Elmouki, who was near the front of the line. “We’re making a new room and we can sit in there like a playroom.”

“I was looking for a TV, like a Samsung 4K, 50, 60 inch,” said shopper David Frank.

PlayStation was another popular item. Shoppers could try it out in the store before buying it. Best Buy only had so many of the best deals, but some shoppers got exactly what they came for, making it worth the wait.

“That’s the last one. We got it,” said Dhaval Shah, who was buying a TV for his nephew. “If we were late for ten more minutes we couldn’t get anything.”

Staff were ready for a busy night. They were there to help customers and to keep everyone in line. Some were there for the thrill of pre-Black Friday shopping.

“This is my third time,” said Frank, who says he will be doing more shopping on Black Friday. “I probably won’t even go back home!”

Meanwhile, the Kohl’s in Orange opened at 6 p.m. to a long line of shoppers. Many of them had been waiting for hours out in the rain. Customers were looking for the Black Friday doorbusters a little bit early. Some, however, couldn’t wait to go home.

“I think it’s ludicrous and I don’t know why I’m a part of it,” said shopper Brian Southworth. “But it’s what you do for your kids.”

Many stores are open late Thursday night and are opening their doors early Friday morning for another busy day of holiday shopping.

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