Shoppers line up as stores open on Thanksgiving
Thibeault was "finally" at the head of the line at Best Buy, having arrived at the store at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. She camped out overnight with her daughter, Gianna, 12, for the store's opening at 6 p.m. Thursday. In 2011 and 2012, Thibeault was second in line. But this year, she arrived at the chain's store at the Mall of New Hampshire and saw nobody else waiting.
Best Buy was not alone in opening early. Toys R Us opened at 5 p.m. Thursday. Shoppers waiting outside shortly after 5 p.m. expressed surprise at how quickly they were able to get inside.
Two years ago and last year, only a handful of retailers, including Toys R Us and Walmart, opened before Friday. Three years ago, the earliest openings were at 4 a.m. on Black Friday, the name for the traditional first day of the Christmas shopping season.
Perfetti said the 60 or so employees at the store Thursday night all volunteered to be there.
"I didn't have to force anyone to work," he said.
The deals shoppers were hoping for varied, as Best Buy was offering "Door Buster" promotions on several types of televisions and electronic goods.
Like Thibeault, Jean-Claude Deslauriers of Manchester, who was second in line, was hoping for a computer.
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