Tents outside the Best Buy in St. Matthews Wednesday / Jere Downs
Written by: Jere Downs, The Courier-Journal
Nearly 30 hours before the Best Buy in St. Matthews is to open its
doors with its door-busting discounts, two eager shoppers were in line
and five tents were erected by those looking to be among the first to
Carmen Thompson, 37, of South Louisville, said the wait would be worth it for her family of seven children, ages 2 to 19.
always been here for Black Friday," Thompson said of her wait for Best
Buy's 6 p.m. opening on Thanksgiving Day. "This is our family tradition.
My family would not have the same Christmas if I didn't do this."
Thompson's tent was fifth in line. A middle-aged woman exited the first tent in line, but declined to comment.
This is the first year Best Buy has provided a portable toilet for shoppers, said George Watson, a Best Buy manager.
"We don't really police the line outside," Watson said of the mostly empty tents rustling in 25-degree weather. "I think it's too cold to draw many people waiting today."
offered by Best Buy Thursday include an iPad2 16 GB with Wi-Fi for
$299, a $100 discount, and a 39-inch LED HDTV television for $169.99.
time last year, the line was wrapped around Best Buy, Carmen Thompson
said from her tent, one of five pitched outside the store in 25-degree
skies spitting snow midday Wednesday.
is the first year there hasn't been huge crowd. Usually, there is a
kerosene heater and the guy didn't show up this year, probably because
it's too cold."