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Shoppers head out for deals on Thanksgiving night

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On this Thanksgiving, people in the state are gobbling down their dinner and desserts then heading to the stores for pre-Black Friday shopping. 

Lines to check out started at the back of the store, then made their way all the way up to the cash register. People said it is worth the wait for the big savings they are getting this holiday season. 

"Although it's packed, it's worthwhile waiting in the line for some of the stuff," said Ryan Chanman of Middletown. 

Chanman finished up his Thanksgiving dinner and headed to Kohl's for pre-Black Friday shopping. He loaded up his cart with household items and gifts for the kids, and braved the long lines. 

"Hopefully it goes quickly," Chanman said about the lines. 

Kohl's started letting shoppers inside at 6 p.m, and before that, hundreds of people waited outside in the cold weather for the doors to open. Some people said they were only planning on buying a few things, but ended up leaving with much more than they expected. 

"I really only came to get a warm up suit for my son, other than that everything else was just extra," said Jeremy Brothers of Wethersfield. 

People couldn't wait to get their hands on electronics, toys, and fun gadgets such ad drones. Sophia Fantino, who lives in New York, but was visiting family in Connecticut said she always saves big by getting her shopping done early. 

"I have my other daughter at another store and we're just communicating," Fantino said. 

Store management handed out tickets ahead of time for some of the high-demand items and made sure there was enough in stock so that everyone would leave happy this turkey day. 

"We're just really excited to be here and kick off the holiday season," said Kathy Hundley, Store Manager of Kohl's in Rocky Hill. 

As far as the crowds, Hundley said they have it under control and they have measures in place to ensure a calm and organized few days of shopping. 

"We open one door in the beginning once we get the initial crowd in and then we'll open the remaining doors," Hundley said. 

Like many others stores in the state, Kohl's opened at 6 p.m. and the one in Rocky Hill will stay open through Black Friday. 

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