November 22, 2018
John Vomhof Jr.Staff Writer
The holiday shopping season is officially in full swing at Best Buy stores across the country, where shoppers flocked on Thanksgiving night to get their hands on this year’s Black Friday doorbusters.
The line of customers at our store in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, wrapped around the building before the doors opened at 5 p.m. Best Buy Chairman and CEO Hubert Joly was on hand to greet customers and rally employees for a fun night of shopping.
The annual Black Friday frenzy started early Thursday morning with thousands of hot deals online at BestBuy.com. Stores across the country got in on the action later in the day, with most locations opening at 5 p.m.
Here are some highlights from the Eden Prairie store.
Hubert chatted with the first shoppers in line. They arrived at the store before noon to make sure they scored the best doorbuster deals on the TVs and laptops they wanted.
Employees walked the line before the store opened to answer customers’ questions and hand out tickets for the top doorbusters. The tickets helped to create an orderly process, helping to ensure a fun, safe shopping experience.
Hubert posed for photos and selfies with some of the people in line.
Hubert and General Manager Josh Shaw fired up employees shortly before the store opened. “From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for the work you do every day,” Hubert said. “You are the people who are making this company come to life for our customers.”
Hubert greeted customers with handshakes and high fives as they excitedly entered the doors at 5 p.m.
A Best Buy employee helped a customer with his purchase. Our retail teams receive extensive training to ensure they’re ready to provide expert service to our customers, even during the busiest shopping days of the year.
The registers stayed busy throughout the evening as customers made their way to the front of the store to make their purchases.
Employees helped customers load large TVs into customers’ cars at the loading dock.
Most Best Buy stores remained open until 1 a.m., giving customers plenty of time to search the aisles for hot deals on the latest tech products. Stores reopened at 8 a.m. on Friday for another round of doorbusters.
Black Friday isn’t over yet. There are still plenty of great deals available throughout the weekend, both in stores and online at BestBuy.com.