Shoppers hunt for deals, hit the shops for entertainmentBy Dora Ramos Nov 27, 2016
Sanchez is a rookie when it comes to Black Friday shopping, but he had a game plan that started right after dinner.
"We had a record-breaking day on Target.com and traffic to our stores was strong", said Target CEO Brian Cornell, on Black Friday morning.
Hughes wasn't the only one that still prefers going to stores on Black Friday. The parking lot was so full by the time it opened that individuals began parking in the grass or across the street at Mellow Mushroom. While the line dissipated shortly after 6 a.m., the store continued to buzz with activity through mid-morning. Bond said they were not only were out shopping from 6 a.m. on Friday, but like others, the night before were out at stores Thanksgiving Day. "It's been like a year since we've sold cold-weather apparel". "When they were kids, I was the guy up at 1 or 2 in the morning when the doors opened and the employees went running".
"I said it before and I will say it again, we will win the season on price - on Black Friday, on Cyber Monday and every day before and after", said Bratspies.
Many shoppers are choosing to skip the crowds and shop online. "We were here since 4:30 a.m".
"Really calm", said shopper Lauren Green, who was in line outside a Zara clothing store in the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island east of NY at 5:20am By Thanksgiving evening, online spending by USA shoppers had climbed to $1.13 billion, according to Adobe Digital Index, surging nearly 14 percent from a year ago. Black Friday is next, with an estimated 11.3 percent year-over-year growth. "It's too many people". "It was very civil today, so I appreciated that".
Over the past few years, retailers have worked to offer distinct in-store experiences - doorbuster sales, special gift bags - to better compete with the online shopping experience. Zuber said it happened several years ago at Meijer. Singewald said she was merely the vehicle - "and sometimes the credit card" - as her daughters worked on their shopping lists.
"It's insane", said Edith Louis, of Staten Island, who bought a Juice Fountain Elite juicer on sale for $179 at Macy's Herald Square. "We've had good experiences, and everybody's been friendly".
Malls see healthy traffic on Thanksgiving, Black Friday
Denny Pulido, assistant store manager for Journeys at Arden, said the confusion in hours might have put off shoppers. The start used to be the day after Thanksgiving , but many mall operators and major stores are going earlier.
"It's a new addiction", Bond said. Olsen said she had done some online shopping, but preferred making in-person stops.
"Any way I can save money I love it!" said Tiffany Rakowitz, adding that she can shop "In my pajamas!"
"Last night was extremely busy", Williams said.
Then, about 9 p.m., with some people falling into a stupor, the young and hardy would set out for the Best Buy parking lot for the insane sales. Some stores open early with doorbuster deals; others are closing and advertising a commitment to family.
The number of people doing their holiday weekend shopping online past year eclipsed the number of people who stick to shopping in still-crowded shopping centers. "But it's starting to pick up now".
Shoppers ride escalators during Black Friday sales at the Uniqlo Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 25, 2016. "We're here either way".
Pineda, who lives in Cypress, estimated that he and his family had already racked up $1,700 worth of purchases and if they had not taken advantage of Black Friday sales, the total retail price of everything in their bags would have likely exceeded $3,000. Miller has been playing keyboard for 60 years.
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