Shoppers turned out in droves in Minnesota to be the first to get through the doors on Black Friday.
As it turns out, the impending snowstorm set to hit Minnesota means that Black Friday is likely to be the best day to hit the shops, despite the temperatures hovering around freezing.
With the Mall of America closing its doors on Thanksgiving Day, unlike many other Twin Cities malls, there was a big line outside its North Entrance early Friday.
Doors opened at 5 a.m., with the first 200 through the entrance getting mystery scratch off cards that ranged in value from $10 to $500 to be spent at any stores within the Bloomington megamall.
Elsewhere, there were big lines outside Best Buy and Target stores on Thanksgiving evening, with the two retailers among the most popular for Black Friday deals.
Best Buy CEO Corie Barry spoke to staff at the Richfield store ahead of opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, saying: "You are going to make some kid, some mom, some grandma’s holiday better because you were here tonight,.
"For that, I deeply want to say thank you."
Meanwhile, KSTP reports that one shopper drove seven hours from Winnipeg to the Target in Edina because it has better deals than in Canada.
Many of the Black Friday deals will stay in place over the weekend, with retailers then turning their attentions to Cyber Monday.
Target released its Cyber Monday deals this morning, you can read about it here.