Baton Rouge prepares for Black Friday

Baton Rouge prepares for Black Friday

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Black Friday shoppers and retailers are prepared for the big weekend.

More than a dozen shoppers were already lined up at the Best Buy along Millerville Road at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

"We just come out here, have fun. We've got the TV, the Xbox, and just hang out. We have the day off from work, so we might as well have fun with the family," said Shawn Simoneaux, who arrived at 10 a.m., more than 30 hours before the doors to the store open for the big deals.

His family had set up sleeping bags, tents, and even a TV with a satellite.

The stores started preparing for the big shopping day weeks ago. Shawn Munro, the general manager at the Best Buy on Bluebonnet, said they started receiving merchandise about a month ago.

Retailers like Best Buy expect to see thousands of people come through their doors on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

"It's a lot of logistics leading up to it, controlling the crowd, finding the space when we're bursting at the seams with product," Munro said.

Because employees will be working long shifts, Munro said they will be bringing in food and will be having contests in order to keep morale up.

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