Customers: Gloomy start to Thanksgiving impacts early Black Friday shopping

13News Now Marcella Robertson checked in with early Black Friday shoppers.

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.


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