And virtually each person in line had an identical answer when asked what brought them out on Thanksgiving Day. The new arrangements mean new colour-coded maps, printed in Walmart's circulars and - for the first time - available for reference on Walmart's app.
Chappell Otto and Chase Barnes were near the end of the line as the store prepared to open.
For Cochran, Black Friday was about savings.
"The biggest pain point on Black Friday is standing in line", says Jason Goldberg, senior vice president of commerce and content practice at consulting group SapientRazorfish.
Trae will be on Good Day New York on Black Friday with some more holiday wisdom.
"Black Friday is always exciting here at Northgate", said Grant.
Black Friday is expected to be the busiest shopping day of the year, according to ShopperTrak, a technology company.
Are stores open on Thanksgiving this year? Walmart has already launched early Black Friday deals on some TVs and tech items, but many more of its Black Friday deals go live in stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Here's the JCPenney Black Friday ad listing the store's best deals for Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2018. And customers, frustrated with long checkout lines, can check out at Walmart and other stores with a salesperson in store aisles.
Sears - 6 p.m. until 12 a.m. It might be on Black Friday.
Social media is awash with memes, outrage and excitement today as Black Friday frenzy sweeps the UK. A look at social media reveals that Walmart stores across the United States - which kicked off sales at 6PM - were as crowded and intense as ever. As of early morning Friday, the Macy's flagship store in NY, which opened all night, had a steady stream of shoppers, mostly tourists.
"To me, I'd have to want something really bad to do this (Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday shopping) and she's something special and that's the reason why I'm here". The best deals are in stock on Wednesday evening and Thanksgiving morning.
Whole Foods' hours are 8 a.m.to 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
GameStop: Opens at 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Five Below: Opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.