VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- People across Hampton Roads skipped the traditional Thanksgiving meal Thursday, opting to line up for some of the best holiday shopping deals, instead.
At least a dozen people were outside Best Buy on Independence Boulevard in the morning, long ahead of the store's opening time of 5 p.m.
In years past, the line at the store wrapped around the building as people waited, hoping to snag a bargain on a new television.
The shoppers who were there this year seemed to think the rainy start to the day kept a lot of people away.
“I’m kind of surprised. Normally, it’s packed in the parking lot, and the line is wrapped around the building,” said Trineen Thompson, a second-year early Black Friday shopper.
People at Best Buy in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake found a similar situation.
David Gatlin got to the store early, thinking he would be up against a long line. Instead, he ended up being first in line.
“The weather discourages a lot of people, but I got this good coat so it’s not going to discourage me,” Gatlin told 13News Now.
Most of the people in line have their sights set on one thing: a 4K 50-inch TV, on sale for $200.
K-Mart and Wal Mart opened their doors at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Best Buy is open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. The store closes at that point, reopening from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.