NORWALK, Conn. – Black Friday shoppers began lining up behind the barricades early Thanksgiving morning at the Best Buy on Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk. For those who missed out on turkey, at least there were tacos.
The Taqueria Las Salsas truck, which usually parks at the Norwalk Green and the South Norwalk Train Station, parked in the lot by the store to sell $1 tacos to the waiting customers.
“We’re going to stay straight through to midnight,” said Moises Hurtado, whose parents own the truck. “But we might stay through the morning if there’s a lot of people.”
At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, about 20 shoppers were in line. Hurtado said he had sold a few tacos, but not too many. “There’s not a lot of people yet,” he said.
The Best Buy was scheduled to open at midnight, and Norwalk resident Priye Selvaraj and her friends landed the coveted first spot in line. But they had to arrive at 3:30 a.m. Thursday to get it.
“We’re here for the 50-inch Toshiba LED TV,” Selvaraj said. The television was on sale for $399, but she saw it listed at Sears for $299, so she expects to get it at that price due to Best Buy’s price matching policy.
Nadine Constant, the next in line, drove from Brooklyn, N.Y., to sit in line. She and her son arrived about an hour after Selvaraj at 4:30 a.m., and she was planning to buy a television, too, the 40-inch Toshiba for $179.
“Last year, when I went to the Best Buy by my house — it was crazy with lines around the block,” Constant said. She was alternating with her son and sitthing in the car when she got cold. “So, I came out here instead.”
Rob Churchill, also from Norwalk, said he was skipping Thanksgiving to land a $179 computer. He could remember the price, which he said was down from $400, but he couldn’t remember the brand. “I don’t get Thanksgiving this year,” he said.
Churchill was the last person in line at 4:30 p.m. He had been there only since 3 p.m., and there were still several hours to go before the store opened.