BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Even before the turkey hit the table Thursday, local shoppers began scouring retailers for bargains.
Stores pushed up their Black Friday deals into Thanksgiving, prompting a new name for the sales: Black Thursday. KMart opened Thanksgiving morning for the first time, and shoppers began lining up at 11 p.m. last night. Hundreds were there when the doors opened.
Avis Wheeler said, "I got a tablet. I got household stuff, clothes for the grandkids."
Bryan Dillen said, "We've got a lot of kids so we need to get as many deals as we can."
The change brought out die-hard shoppers who were looking for the ultimate price slash.
KMart Operations Manager Stan Kowlaski said, "It's a little change. All the competition is doing it so I think we have the best chance to show our customers who we are."
"Well if things work out, I'll save $600 to $700," Dillen said, who has a family of eight. "That puts extra presents under the tree."
Wheeler waited in line for two hours, hoping to score a new TV. She saved around $200, but missed out on the item she really wanted.
"I can't take it no more because there was fighting and pushing and shoving. That's it for me," Wheeler said.
News 4 asked a few people participating in this year's Turkey Trot if they'd be shopping following the race.
Runner Julie Swiatkowski said, "There's no need for that. It should be Friday at 5 a.m. like it normally is."
Wheeler agreed but said, "But I am thankful for my kids and family and shopping is just my favorite hobby."
There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings return today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will stop in Buffalo to make an announcement about a sustainable homes program.
State Education Commissioner John King is on his way to Buffalo. He is coming for a forum on the Common Core curriculum, downtown Thursday.