Topekans leave Thanksgiving feasts for savvy shopping

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Turkey day deals were too much to resist for some Topekans.

“I might as well get a good deal while I’m out,” Linda Marshall said Thursday afternoon.

Marshall was with her husband and her daughter, Kelsey Baker, standing in a small group of people waiting for the Best Buy on Wanamaker to open at 5 p.m.

And although her mom is a Black Friday professional, Baker has never been before. Wrapped in a multi-colored blanket, holding a coffee in one hand and her umbrella in another, Baker had her sights on a half-price television.

The rain and cold wind beat against the fifty people who stood in a line that quickly wrapped around the electronics store, including some people who brought a blue tailgating tent to try and keep themselves dry during the hours long wait.

But for Marshall, the holiday shopping experience is about something other than buying.

“I don’t really come out for the deal,” she said. “I just, I enjoy people.”

But for hundreds of other Thanksgiving day shoppers, the wait wasn’t so soggy.

About 300 people were waiting for the JC Penny department store to open at 3 p.m. Thursday and rushed inside the West Ridge Mall to get their hands on door buster deals.

Other parts of the mall were ready for eager shoppers at 6 p.m.

This is not the first time the mall has opened on Thanksgiving and mall manager Justin Pike was ready.

He said mall employees spent several weeks practicing opening the doors at the same time, having enough security and controlling crowds.

Best Buy and West Ridge Mall will be open again on Friday. Best Buy will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday.

Other stores open on Nov. 27 are West Ridge Mall at 6 a.m. and Target on Wanamaker will stay open throughout Thursday night until 11 p.m. Friday.

But for Baker, the deals may not be worth the wait.

“Probably, next year spend more time with the family instead,” she said.

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