Shoppers head to stores on Thanksgiving Day

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Shoppers across Hampton Roads lined up to get early deals at stores that opened on Thanksgiving Day.

Patrick Cash headed to the Virginia Beach Radio Shack.

“Got here about 5:30 a.m. and just waited out front until the store opened at 8 a.m.,” he said. “A couple other people pulled up around quarter to 8, we all stood out front, there was about 30 of us…I spent $80 and I probably saved $200.”

Over at the Target in Norfolk, Victor Jones was still waiting outside Thursday afternoon. He and his wife braved the rain and cold for sales on TVs.

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“We had Thanksgiving last night because we wanted to be here,” Jones said. “We still will go to the family later on tonight.”  Lining up for deals has become a tradition, making the day his favorite holiday, he added.

At the Best Buy in Chesapeake, shoppers waited for doors to open in a line that wrapped around the building.

Tareq Martin said he’ll wait to do his shopping until after the holiday.

“I plan on just spending the rest of the day with my family, probably go out later this weekend, shop on Monday or Black Friday,” he said.

People opposed to shopping on Thanksgiving Day have signed online petitions saying they want to save the holiday.

According to the National Retail Federation, about 44 million people shopped on Thanksgiving last year, and that number was up 27 percent from 2012. The Federation estimated about 140 million people would shop throughout this holiday weekend.

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