Bargain seeking shoppers at JC Penney stand in long checkout lines during the Black Friday sales event. Mark Wilson Photo
Shoppers weren’t too groggy from Thanksgiving’s meats and sweets to line up outside of local stores in the hopes of getting at Black Friday’s deals and offers.
Friday came early for most stores, such as Walmart and Target, with their deals starting Thursday evening. Before Target opened its doors at 9 p.m., Thursday, an estimated 400 to 500 people waited outside.
“That was probably the biggest rush,” said Monica Roper, executive team leader of human resources. But overall, things went smoothly because the store knew what to expect. “We do lots of planning ahead of time,” she said.
The store also hired an additional 30 seasonal workers to help with the rush.
Business started to pick up again Friday morning, but by that point, the store had already sold out of several items, such as fire pits, TVs and Dirt Devil brand vacuum cleaners. Roper said customers also snatched up lots of electronics, specifically games, gaming systems and iPods.
Deona Anderson of Dexter said the store was definitely more organized than the Artesia Walmart she and her family went to Thursday night.
She waited in line for more than Login to read more