Stores prep behind the scenes for Black Friday shoppers

Andrew Cummings
November 24, 2017

About an hour before stores at the Ellenton Premium Outlets mall began to open, lines started forming as bargain hunters took advantage of early Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving.

Toys R Us will be open 36 hours straight, John said, and over the course of that time they'll see 1,200 to 1,500 people come in to shop.

"Yes, this is the only store I'm shopping at", McCroskey said.

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Toys R Us stores across the country opened their doors at 5 p.m.to give shoppers an early chance at Black Friday deals.

Once they're in - along with dozens of others - it's just their first store.

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"There's always something I want", he said.

"And then when we saw the line at Best Buy we were like, let's just go ahead and split up and conquer", said Julita Trejos, who was first in line at Target.

"We have high expectations every year and the crowd doesn't change, just the shopping times as they get earlier each year based on the demand", said Eric Karras, interim district manager of Toys "R" Us on Thursday. She was the first in line outside of Toys "R" Us in Sterling Heights to get her two daughters, Tashania, 12, and Natalia, 6, a Barbie Doll Dream House for $60, regularly $90. "We usually don't come out at all".


Neff said the store has been preparing for the Black Friday sales all week. "We are here for our guests", said McCarty.

For the employees working the holiday, many said the shopping madness is actually a fun experience. Her sister was quick to add, "And shopping".


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