Lufkin retail stores aim for organized chaos this Black Friday

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Forget sleep—East Texans spent all night lining up outside stores for the best Black Friday door-busters.

Hundreds of brave shoppers line up in front of Target, and Best Buy.

"This is my first time. I'm excited!" said shopper, Jessica Garcia.

They've been waiting for hours. Chris Williams is here for his mom and has this message for her.

"I've been here since one a.m. to get your television. If something happens and I don't get it, I really was here."

The sleep-deprived bare the cold so they can be the first inside.

When it was Paige Rhodes' turn she was so excited, she took off running.

"Oh I got to go, sorry!"

Joshua Brister and his family have been at Target since six o'clock. Six p.m. that is.

"We all had blankets and pillows and we were all huddled up. My brother is over at Best Buy. He's in a tent. He has an X-box, a heater and an air mattress. He's all set up," said Brister.

Like the dedicated bargain hunters anxiously waiting outside, these employees sacrifice sleep to come prepared. They brace themselves for what they hope will be controlled chaos.

"Wednesday night we were here until about one o'clock in the morning just getting ready setting the store and then we got here about two o'clock this morning to make sure the last final prep stages were done," said Best Buy store manager Jason Jones.

"We generally have about 100 to 130 team members in the store today," said Target store manager Kris Hoepfner.

Both stores have spent months gearing up for the busiest shopping day of the year.

"We started hiring back in October for the extra seasonal help that helps today and through the rest of the season," said Jones.

After careful planning, and lots of team huddles, it's time to let the madness begin.

This year, Target's big item is the flat screen LCD, allowing people to save hundreds.

Best Buy also has some great deals on computers, and other electronics including the Nintendo Wii which is now just $169.

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