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Hundreds of shoppers hit the stores on Thanksgiving, Black Friday

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The day after Thanksgiving, called Black Friday, is typically the biggest shopping day of the year.

For a decade, it had been considered the official start of the holiday buying season. But in the past few years, retailers have pushed opening times into Thanksgiving night.

"We've been shopping since 8 p.m. last night," said shopper Karen Bellow.

Some people lined up for hours in the cold to try and save big.

"I got games from GameStop, 89 cents 99 cents," said Shawn Ewing. He and his family traveled from Rockingham to shop early.

"It's been kind of fun, but I was tired and didn't feel good, but I went through it, and had a great day with family," Ewing said.

Sam Anumine takes part in Black Friday every year and said the he likes the crowds.

"I do like it more when its busy because it feels more in the season of things," Anumine said.

Shoppers at Crabtree Valley Mall said the crowds felt smaller than in previous years but that was not the case across the country.

Macy's says about 15,000 people waited in line for the opening of its flagship store in New York at 8 p.m. Thursday. That compares with the 11,000 people last year, when the store opened at midnight.
    
"It's unbelievable," CEO Terry Lundgren said in an interview Friday morning. "Clearly people are in the shopping mood."

Vinnie Gopalakrishnan saw footage on TV of people shopping on Thanksgiving Day and thought they were all crazy.
    
But then Gopalakrishnan's cousin told him about a 70-inch flat-screen TV on sale at Wal-Mart for about $1,000 - a savings of about $600. Gopalakrishnan got in his car for his first Black Friday outing.
    
"I'm not even Christmas shopping," he said. The TV "is just for me."
    
The store was much quieter than the night before, when workers had set up metal barricades outside to keep people in an orderly line. By Friday morning, workers were dismantling the barricades and checkout operators were standing by their registers, waiting for customers.

 

Jonathan Rodriguez

Jonathan Rodriguez is an investigative reporter and member of the WNCN Investigates team. His storytelling specialty is connecting the dots to get to the truth, with a goal of delivering results for our community. If you have something you’d like WNCN to investigate, contact Jonathan.

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