While spectators may believe the long lines are hampering family togetherness, participants strongly disagree.
“I think we all just need a little bit of fun and happiness this time of year, and I for one am glad that the Huntington Mall is a place that can offer that to the community”, she said. “We went home and went to sleep for about five or six hours and came back out. we always eat breakfast at Hardee’s”. You have your sister here, your nieces and your daughter – this really is a family outing.
Marketing Director, Molly Mitchell, says they keep the deals to Black Friday in order to let families and employees spend time together on Thanksgiving. Kids say Santa never misses a year.
This year, the group was decked out in light-up Christmas ornament necklaces, headbands and earrings. “We do matching shirts and wait for the newspaper ads”. Her bright red sweater also featured a penguin – reflecting, perhaps, more of a seasonal than holiday theme.
“I’m not sure I like the extra holiday havoc”, she said. We bought TVs at Walmart last night. $40 off a train table, for her 2-year-old son, at Toys R Us. “We came (to St. Joseph), looked at the ads, hit the stores and crashed by 10 p.m”. “But I love the Black Friday aspect of it”.
Hundreds of shoppers were out in droves early Friday morning around St. Joseph.
Several people told 980 CFPL they took the day off work while others said they called in sick at the last minute to take advantage of some sales. The line grew throughout the morning, eventually forming down the side of the sidewalk. “You also get five off thirty or ten off sixty”, he says.
“I bought a Nintendo set”, shopper Pat Noren said.
But each year more and more shoppers head online begging the question, is Black Friday going under? They wanted to enjoy their Thanksgiving with family and each other instead of shopping Thursday. Two individuals who did not get the phone Thursday were in line at again at 6:45 a.m. today. The majority of the stores opened at 6 a.m.