RENO, Nev. (KOLO)- Retail stores have been preparing for their busiest day of the year. KOLO 8 News went to different areas to see how many people were lining up to shop on Black Friday.
The first stop was at Cabela's at 4:00 a.m. The line had several hundred people waiting for the store to open. The people in front of the line said they arrived Thursday.
"We were here since 10:30 last night," said one shopper.
The first 600 customers in line at Cabela's would receive prizes.
"There are all kinds of prizes," said Store Manager James Klund. "Gift cards, smokers, there was a bow out back, fishing reel and 2 firearms."
Cabela's was also open on Thanksgiving, but Klund said shopping today will be much busier. The store opened its doors at 5:00 a.m. and will remain open until 10:00 p.m. Friday.
Our second stop was at the Outlets at Legends in Sparks. KOLO 8 News was outside Scheels at 6:00 a.m. There was no line formed outside the store's entrance, but there were people waiting inside their cars. Store employees waited outside with a cart full of hot chocolate and coffee, ready to serve. One store employee said it was typical for people to wait until the last minute before showing up.
Our third stop was at R.C. Willey's in Reno. KOLO 8 News arrived at 6:30 a.m. and found dozens of people waiting in line for the store to open at 8:00 a.m. The person in front of the line told us he arrived at 5:00 a.m., and was surprised to see he was the only one there. As the time got closer to the store's opening, more people started to arrive.
It is known that Black Friday is the biggest day for retail stores; however, a survey from Deloitte said they are expecting online shopping to beat retail shopping on Black Friday this year.
According to their report,"Survey respondents plan to spend 51 percent of their budget online, compared with 42 percent in-store."
Customers we spoke to did mentioned the lines this year were smaller compared to last year's Black Friday.