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15 Hours For A 'Best Buy'

Tennicha Chin, Donett Newland, Keith Hensley, Nico Marino and William Correa.
Tennicha Chin, Donett Newland, Keith Hensley, Nico Marino and William Correa.
Simsbury resident Nico Marino continued a Thanksgiving tradition Thursday, waiting for 15 hours in line for Best Buy® to open its doors. 

Marino arrived first outside the retailer's Simsbury location at 3 a.m. Thursday, waiting for the retailer to open at 6 p.m. He had scouted the store's lot even earlier, shortly after midnight when finished his shift at Simsbury Commons. 

"As soon as I got off my shift, I boogied over here," he said. 

Once at Best Buy a few hours later, Marino managed to grab a quick nap in the car. Later he enjoyed approximately 15 minutes eating at home with his family while someone saved his spot. He said his family also celebrates the holiday on Friday so everyone can be together. 

At Best Buy®, Marino came with a two-page list of items to purchase, most for other people. That allows his friends to get some good buys without braving the crowds. 

"For me it's all about letting other people have a good holiday," he said. 

This is the fifth year of Marino's tradition. Four were at Best Buy®. 

This year the retailer opened before Black Friday, as did others. It's a trend many are calling "Gray Thursday." See a story about activity at Westfarms and a little reaction to it here

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