Thousands shop in Wichita on Thanksgiving Day

WICHITA Kan. (KSNW) – Lots of stores opened their doors on Thanksgiving for a chance for shoppers to snag some bargains before Black Friday.

“I’m just going to run around everywhere,” says Aaron Sanchez.

That’s what hundreds of shoppers did as they stormed into Toys-R-Us on Thursday.

Aaron Sanchez was looking for something specific.

“Halo Lego’s,” said Sanchez.

Others were looking for anything they could score a good deal on.

“We are looking for anything that is a good buy, a good brand name buy, but really just out here having a good time,” said Cherie Hanschu.

The staff at Toys-R-Us came prepared, they’ve trained for this day for over a month.

“First off we have to hire a good team for it. We triple our staff this time of year, beyond that lot of planning, lots of caffeine.”

At Towne West Square mall a crowd of more than 1,600 stormed through the doors of the mall when they opened.

“This is my eleventh Black Friday, and I can honestly say this was the busiest one,” said Bradley Auch, JcPenney store manager

Inside JCPenney, managers made sure everyone was staying sharp.

More than 30 registers were open, many of the lines were said to be an hour-long at some point.

Manager Bradley Auch says the weeks leading up to Thursday were slow but he’s encouraged by the turnout.

“Thankfully, it was a very organized chaos this year so we are pleased with that,” said Auch.

For three ladies shopping on this day is a family tradition. To them time spent together is more important than what they spend their money on.

“We are here for Black Friday, or grey Thursday, it is our family bonding. We do it every year,” said Yvonne Nachtigal.