The turkey isn't even in the oven yet, but shoppers are already warming up for Black Friday. Employees at big box stores are hard at work decking the halls with door busters, and preparing for crowds of slightly-frenzied holiday shoppers.
"Last year we had about 2,000 guests come in the store," Target's Felipe Torrebiarte said Wednesday.
Target stores are adding some method to the traditional Black Friday madness by spacing out big sellers, such as electronics.
"Our door busters are going to be strategically positioned around the store to have a better crowd control of the store," Torrebiarte said.
Big box stores like Best Buy are already seeing shoppers lining up. The Best Buy location on N. Dale Mabry started hosting campers on Saturday.
"Each year it's getting earlier and earlier!" said Best Buy's Kevin Nomany.
Aside from having all 150 employees on the clock, Best Buy is adding security inside and outside the store to control any chaos in the crowd.
"We're all about organization here. We don't want it to get out of hand or get anyone trampled or anything like that," Nomany said.
Tampa Police will help keep an eye on crowds. They plan to heighten patrols at Westshore Mall, International Plaza, the Dale Mabry retail corridor and Hyde Park Village during the holiday season.
TPD is also planting their Republican National Convention surveillance equipment in shopping center parking lots to catch any Grinches on camera.
"We're going to analyze our crime, find out where our biggest problem areas are, and we're going to put our cameras on those areas. So it just gives us an extra set of eyes so we can see what's going on," said Tampa Police Department Captain Ruben Delgado.
Some retailers plan to open earlier than ever this year. Walmart, Toys R' Us, and Sears all plan to open at 8 pm on Thanksgiving. Target will open a hour later, at 9 pm on Thanksgiving. Best Buy and Macy's plan on opening at midnight on Black Friday.
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