June 21, 2018

Local shoppers go to extremes for Black Friday deals

26 November 2017, 01:03 | Marta Robbins

Shoppings wait for the 71st and Mingo Sam's Club to open on Friday morning Credit Taylor Puckett

Shoppings wait for the 71st and Mingo Sam's Club to open on Friday morning

"I think my receipt showed that I was able to save about $500, which is good because sometimes deals aren't what they appear to be when you go out shopping in these stores", Dawson said.

"The Herald Angels Sing" played from stores and along the mall's concourse as shoppers searched for specific gifts and bargains.

If you were planning on heading out to the Holyoke Mall at some point today, employees told Western Mass News the busy day has been running smoothly.

Aaron Robins, the general manager at the Clearbrook WalMart Supercenter, said earlier this week he sees many customers treat Black Friday sales as tradition as well, with numerous same families showing up every year for WalMart's doorbuster sales after Thanksgiving dinner.

Approximately 69 percent-164 million-of Americans said they planned on taking advantage of the weekend's deals, a National Retail Federation survey reported. You have your sister here, your nieces and your daughter - this really is a family outing. We have a great time and it's fun to be with everybody and creating memories too.

"I actually came last night around 11'o clock", said Jayden Pennington, who was first in line for the mall's 6 a.m. opening.

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"I want to have the FurReal Roarin' Tiger", said Payton Schaefer of Neenah. On Friday morning, the mall had more traffic than usual, with several people walking in and out of stores carrying bags of items.

"I'm sort of just along for the adventure", he said.

Others just came to see what the shopping holiday is all about.

They seldom venture out on Thanksgiving Day to shop, "but this was a spur-of-the-moment thing", Ashley Goldade said. Meanwhile, the JC Penney store at Richland Mall was bustling in the early afternoon Friday, manager Steven Valdez said. "It is worth it, it's just fun, it's not stressful, I just enjoy it", says Bass.

In 2016, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday all set records for online sales.

They started at area stores in the morning, went home for their Thanksgiving meal, then headed to JCPenney.

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