Many stores, including Walmart, Sears and Toys R US had a head start on the weekend shopping spectacular by opening Thanksgiving evening at 8:00 pm
November 23, 2012 – Late Thursday night and early Friday morning, shoppers in huge numbers descended on big-box stores and shopping malls across the U.S. to take advantage of the deals offered by retailers on Black Friday, the unofficial kickoff of the Holiday shopping season.
Many stores, including Walmart, Sears and Toys R US had a head start on the weekend shopping spectacular by opening Thanksgiving evening at 8:00 pm. That opening time was earlier than last year’s, which was 9:00 pm.
Two hours prior to the 8 pm opening of Toys R Us in Times Square New York, crowds started to gather. Jerry Storch the company’s CEO said the crowds were even bigger than the previous year.
Shoppers were excited to see many deals including ones on electronics like the Wii U by Nintendo and the video game deals like buy one and get the second for $1.
Thanks to the early opening in many retailers on Thanksgiving, people had to change their plans for the Thanksgiving Day celebration. Some even said they would shop first and then enjoy their meals later in the evening or after midnight.
Most retailers were opening at midnight, opting to allow their employees to enjoy a holiday meal with family prior to starting the crazy holiday shopping season.
At Sears, there were deals on bed sets, appliance and many different clothing options for both children and adults. Small kitchen appliances were available at Macy’s such as waffle makers by Black & Decker and coffee makers by Keurig, along with an array of travel luggage.
Victoria’s Secret, the well known lingerie and intimate ware store was attracting huge crowds. VS opened their doors at midnight and within five minutes, many stores were sold out of yoga pants, hoodies and other garments. A number of stores had lines out the door of people waiting to pay for their purchases.