Black Friday crowds not too thick in East Tennessee

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FARRAGUT (WATE) – Before the sun was up on Black Friday some shoppers were checking items off their lists in Turkey Creek.

“Anything that’s a good deal and some good food throughout the day,” said one shopper.

It is a decades-long tradition for some like one family WATE 6 On Your Side talked to from Rockwood.

“We’ve been doing this for about 20 years and as the years have gone on we have trained and brought newer ones into the family with us and helped us out,” they said.

But this Black Friday did not seem as busy as years past thanks to more hours of deals. Many stores like J.C. Penney opened their doors on Thanksgiving.

“About 1400 people came through the line. They were actually backed up all the way to Zaxby’s, and we had some great spotlight deals,” said General Manager Tracey Hitson.

Many retailers spread out their doorbuster deals. Best Buy opened on Thanksgiving but closed at 1:00 a.m. Friday and reopened at 8:00 a.m. with brand new deals. People lined up for them.

“When I got here there was maybe 10 people, so it’s not that bad anymore,” said John Creswell.

Best Buy prepared for the crowds for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. On Thanksgiving when they opened their doors they say they had about 400 people standing in line, but Black Friday morning when they opened at 8:00 a.m. there were just a few dozen.

“I was just going to get a Roku because they’re on sale, but apparently there’s a doorbuster so I stayed in line,” said Creswell.

Even as doors opened again for Black Friday at Best Buy the crowds were not too thick. Most people were able to pick up what they were looking for and head on to the next.

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