PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Shoppers looking for bargains set their alarms for 6 a.m. when some stores like Kmart opened for Brown Thursday.

Just before five-thirty, one lone soul stood outside the Kmart at McIntyre Square to wait for the Thanksgiving deals.

“I was surprised. Especially with the price they have on their TVs. I was hoping it wasn’t crowded, but I was surprised no one was here,” Rachel Hewitt said.

Even after a few more people joined Hewitt in line, there was a big difference in this year’s door buster compared to last year’s.

The manager at Kmart said it could’ve been the cold or the fact that other stores are now choosing to open up on Thanksgiving.

“This year will be different, depending on how competition affects us because everyone’s adjusted their hours,” Mike Divoky said.

As shoppers trickled in, it’s always the usual suspects off the shelves first – electronics, toys for the kids and Christmas trees.

“I figured, I saw it on the TV, I might as well get me something. An early Christmas present,” Tyrone Spurlock

KDKA-TV’s Heather Abraham even got in on the action.

She paced the aisles, reaching for tinsel and garland and mingled with other shoppers.

But, the idea of Brown Thursday has some fired up. If you ask people in the business or shopping, there’s a simple answer.

“The biggest thing is the customers tell us whether or not to be open. If they’re here shopping, we’re going to be open,” Divoky said.


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