Black Friday shopping starts early

(WBIR-Knoxville) Black Friday started earlier than ever this year with some stores opening as early as 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

In West Knoxville, large crowds lined up for a chance to save hundreds of dollars on their gift buying.

The line at Toys R Us in West Knoxville started around 3 p.m. with doors opening at 5 p.m.

Patricia Miller of Louisville wanted an Imaginarium Train Set, 50% off.

"My grandbaby, every time she comes in here she plays with it. So we seen it and we thought we'd try to get it-- $39.99, that's a good deal," Miller said.

There were only four available at the West Knoxville location, but Miller was able to grab one.

"I got the third one and the other girl got the fourth one. She's going to be one happy girl," Miller said.

Many of the big ticket items sold fast.

"I wanted to shop for my nephew so I got everything I wanted for a discounted price. It was awesome," said Karen Rousseau, of Knoxville.

While those waiting at Toys R Us lined up two hours prior, some camped outside the West Knoxville Best Buy since Monday night.

Allan Murphy of Cookeville was the first one in line. He was interested in the televisions.

Doors opened at the Knoxville West Target at 8 p.m.

"I think it was a great idea to allow people to spend time with their family and then come shop on such a great day," said Joanna Watts, a Target executive team leader.

West Town Mall opened at 8 p.m. as well.

J.C. Penny is offering doorbusters until 1 p.m. and will close at 9 p.m. The mall will stay open until 10 p.m. on Friday.


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