Area stores see surge of Thanksgiving Day shoppers

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) Black Friday is still officially a couple of hours away but that didn't stop thousands of shoppers from venturing out Thursday.

Many retailers including Best Buy had lines wrapped around the store for their opening at 5 P.M.

They had deals on everything from PlayStation 4's to Smart TV's.

We talked to the first person in line at Best Buy who camped out all night to make sure he got a great deal. He says he arrived at midnight Thursday morning.

"I put a tent out got here pretty late everybody was gone already the parking lot was empty and I thought someone would be out here, because the guy told me last year there was people waiting since Tuesday," said Rafael Peña of Bryan.

"So I got lucky. I got off work my wife got off work so I said I was going to go camp out so that's what I did, he said.

He tells us he was in line to buy a 55 inch TV for only $180.

Over at Bealls in Bryan there were a lot of folks shopping for items including clothes, Sharper Image gadgets and fragrances on sale.

“This entire week has been crazy. It started on Tuesday and right now we have awesome doorbuster deals. A lot of our stuff are extremely, extremely discounted. So perfumes are 25 percent off. And a lot of the clothes are like $9.99," said Blanca Leal a Bealls Salesperson.

Many stores will have a fresh round of new deals overnight and into the morning.