Hundreds of Black Friday shoppers wait in line outside of [auth] Best Buy at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., Thursday Nov. 24, 2011. Several retailers at the Mall, including Best Buy, opened their doors to deal hunters at midnight Friday. (AP Photo Mark Vancleave/Minnresota Daily)
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Mall of America has broken its Black Friday record for shoppers, thanks to a midnight opening.
Mall spokeswoman Bridget Jewell says 210,000 visitors came through the doors Friday. That breaks the Bloomington mall’s Black Friday record of 200,000 shoppers set last year.
For the first time, the Mall of America opened Black Friday shopping at midnight. More than 120 stores at the mall opened at midnight.