Gallery: Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly greeted customers Lisa Sdraulig, and her mother, Linda Pykari, left, who he had met earlier in the line outside. They had told him about driving from Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Gallery: Best Buy Ridgedale manager Brian Maciej, left, and Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly, right, flanked employee Benjamin Newman as he led a cheer for employees of the store 10 minutes before opening.
Gallery: Paige Kopka checked on the phone about a video her mother, Heidi, was holding. She said she used the money she saved from selling plasma to buy a flat-screen television.
Gallery: Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly talked with customers waiting in line to get into the store for early Black Friday deals that were available Thursday evening.
Gallery: Chelsea McAlexander picked up a few gaming items for her son amid the rush of shoppers soon after the Ridgedale Best Buy opened Thursday night.
Gallery: Best Buy staffer Gregory Anderson offered a helping hand by carrying a sound bar to the register for a customer Thursday night.
Gallery: Cousins Dianna, left, and Eleanor Lenz rode on the cart holding a 50-inch flat-screen television pushed by Dianna's mom, Sarah Lenz.
Gallery: Quinn Ewing held onto the gaming system he was buying as he and Colby Dudley were pushed around the Ridgedale Target by their friends looking for early Black Friday deals.
Gallery: Ridgedale Target store manager Chrissi McShane gave directions to Kathy Ayers, who was looking for an Amazon Echo device on Thursday night.
Gallery: Tony Nguyen stocked up early on stuffed bears, getting four of them before moving on and looking for Lego toys Thursday evening.
Gallery: Erick Moore, left, helped Richard Nicolas carry a 55-inch flat-screen television to the checkout area Thursday evening at the Target in Ridgedale.
Gallery: Target staffers at the Ridgedale store huddled for a cheer before the doors opened to early Black Friday shoppers Thursday evening.
Gallery: From left, Target staffers Richard Phelps, Kate Dullard, Fartun Hayir and Laura Jones listened to store manager Chrissi McShane give a final pep talk before the Ridgedale store opened.
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