If you visited Baybrook Mall yesterday, you might have thought Black Friday had come early. Hundreds of people surrounded the still unfinished Christmas Tree, waiting anxiously for the opening of Microsoft’s newest retail store.
Dennis and Jacinta Combs were among the most dedicated shoppers. They drove all the way from Humble to get in line at 7am so they could buy their son an Xbox 360 at half price. As fate would have it, Dennis was the lucky winner of a brand new Xbox One (the $400 successor to the 360) and $500 in Microsoft store credit.
In addition to the gadget giveaways, Microsoft’s General Manager Craig Hodges also announced the donation of technology grants totaling $675,000 to local organizations. Recipients included the Houston Technology Center, Space Center Houston, Technology For All, and Communities in Schools.
As Hodges cut the ceremonial ribbon with a surprisingly low-tech pair of scissors, the curtain behind him dropped revealing dozens of ecstatic store employees. Moments later the store was overrun by customers.
No injuries were reported throughout the event.