Shoppers brave cold, rain for deals

WICHITA, Kansas – Even though it’s Thanksgiving, many stores are open or about to open for Christmas shopping.

Toys “R” Us is one of those stores.

Nearly three dozen people stood in the cold rain for tonight’s early bird specials, but more waited in their cars until the very last minute.

The store’s manager Mike Brogdin says tonight is their busiest time for shoppers and it continues through their morning hours tomorrow until they close at 11 p.m.

Larry Nelson and his wife have waited in the Toys “R” Us line for several years now and he thinks the weather has kept some people away.

“Last year it was cold and not really windy. This year it’s cold, rainy, windy, everything,” Nelson said. “So yeah, less people.”

But for Nelson and his wife, and most of the people alongside them, they say their kids making waiting in the cold rain worth it.

The Toys “R” Us team members working tonight have been well-trained for the crowd of people shopping the early bird specials.

They were careful to let small groups in at a time to avoid too much overflow.

The preparation for Black Friday actually started weeks in advance.

“We take about a month to prepare for this day,” said Brogdin. “Anything from safety to ensuring we have enough stock on the floor, enough team members to service the guest, um, every little detail.”

Even though it can be hectic, Brogdin says he the rest of the team members enjoy making people happy each year.

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