November 25, 2005 - 10:52 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Throngs of holiday shoppers descended on
stores today in Arkansas before the light of day. The traditional
beginning of Christmas shopping attracted about two-thousand people
to a Best Buy in Little Rock who lined up in cold wind and 40
degree temperatures before doors opened. The line wrapped around
the store and someone was giving out sausage and biscuits in the
spirit of holiday giving.
At Circuit City, two biology graduate students from the
University of Central Arkansas were first to get the line started.
They arrived Thanksgiving morning and spent the night in front of
the store to be first in line. Sara Ruane and Taldi Walter said
friends brought them Thanksgiving dinner yesterday while they kept
their first-place spot in the Circuit City line. The students said
they wanted to be sure to get a shot at buying laptops for under
200 dollars as advertised.
Stores across the state are offering deeper than normal
discounts for limited hours and many opened as early as five
o'clock to accommodate the rush, while also planning to stay open
until almost midnight tonight.
Last year, the busiest shopping day was Saturday, December 18th,
according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. The day
after Thanksgiving was the second busiest.
Some stores helped shoppers beat the holiday crowds all together
and offered early access to today's bargains yesterday on the