Hundreds race into Best Buy for start of Black Friday shopping

MONONGALIA COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - The long lines wrapped around the entire building at Best Buy in Morgantown, hours before the doors even opened.

Many wanted that new TV or a laptop and one person had braved the cold for 14 hours before he went inside.

The man at the front of the line was Brandon Nichols from Morgantown. Three years ago, he was the 21st person in line for a TV, but there were only 20 in stock. That brought Nichols back out here this year, but with a twist.

"It was a crushing defeat," Nichols said. "So this year I decided to get all bundled up."

He walked 90 minutes from downtown Morgantown to University Town Center.

He said he might have to call an Uber to get the TV back home.

Those who got there early pretty much have to get to know those in front of them and behind them.

"We've made some friends and we've had a good time," said Bethany May.

Shoppers at the Morgantown Mall said stores like Elder Beerman, Belk, and JC Penney were busier in the earlier parts of the afternoon. Most stories opened up at 6 p.m. Some waited patiently outside stories, while others were just strolling and taking it all in.

"I just came to shop with my mom to help her pick out gifts for my brother," said Taylie Dulin from Morgantown.