Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Thanksgiving 2013 Time for Thanks, Bargains Shoppers Pumped Up on Turkey Day

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Thanksgiving 2013 Time for Thanks, Bargains Shoppers Pumped Up on Turkey Day

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At the Best Buy in Pleasant Hills, about five minutes before the store opened Thursday evening, a few dozen employees gathered near the front.

From the outside -- through the closed sliding doors -- the group could be seen shouting, cheering and ultimately breaking away as if in a football huddle.

"It was a pump-up speech," said Lindsay Ronick, a 20-year-old employee from the electronics and appliance store. "The managers were telling us our game plan; to have a good holiday. Telling us thanks and how much they appreciate us."

It was Ms. Ronick's third year working Black Friday. She was scheduled from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. today.

"You need to pump up employees to work a 12-hour shift," she said, adding that she likes the holiday shopping madness.

"I like the upbeat, fast-paced environment."

She clearly was not alone, as customers formed a line that stretched around the front of the building and along one side, hoping to cash in on early bargains.

Like many big chains this year, Best Buy opened earlier than in the past.

At the nearby Toys "R" Us, doors opened at 5 p.m..

By about 6:15, Karrie and John Stewart of Whitehall were already loading up their car.

"We got everything we were looking for," Ms. Stewart said.

"We got a lot of good deals."

They spent about $600 there and still planned to hit Kohl's, Target and Walmart.

"I love it. I do," Ms. Stewart said. "It's the hunt."

The couple's goal was to finish all of their holiday shopping in one night.

Nearly all of the shoppers interviewed agreed that stores should not open on Thanksgiving evening.

"I believe being open at 5 p.m. is horrible, but the deals are the deals," Ms. Stewart said. "We have to bow down to the stores."

Linda Burris of West Elizabeth, who was waiting in line with her sister from North Carolina at Kohl's, agreed.

"We think they should leave it on Black Friday like they used to," she said. "But I guess this is society. With money the way it is, you've got to do what you've got to do."

The sisters were on the lookout for a 32-inch LED TV for $140.

At Walmart, Nickie and Rob Fialkovich of Brentwood were pleased with the ease of their trip inside in the store. …

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