Holiday shopping season off to smooth start as Lowcountry stores open doors on Thanksgiving

Shoppers line up outside Lowcountry stores waiting for doors to open

Lowcountry shoppers lined up outside stores around the Lowcountry hours before the stores were scheduled to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day.

West Ashley's Target and Best buy were hot tickets on gray Thursday. Charles Davis and Ashley King, who usually shop on Black Friday, were the first in line at Best Buy, camping out 24 hours before the doors opened at 5 p.m.

"I wish they would go back to doing it on Black Friday," says King. "We would have rather been at home for Thanksgiving, but it was a really good deal. We really need a TV"

"This is the time stores made it available, so it forced our hand  to come this day rather than miss out on the opportunity," explains Davis.

Best Buy's manager, Jackson Bareford, says they spend about a year planning for the weekend, beefing up staff and security with almost a hundred employees working each shift."

"Our planning starts months in advance to this day. We pattern stuff out, go over product that's going to be popular."

The National Retail Federation estimates about 25 million people will shop on Thursday, while 100 million will shop on Friday.

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