Shoppers: Black Friday was less hectic

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 04:51 PM

Shortly after Thanksgiving meals were finished, shoppers began racing to local stores for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals.

For years, long lines in front of store doors and people camping out before store openings have been common sites.

While tales of long lines and campers were still heard about in some places, many local shoppers said this year’s shopping festivities were a lot less hectic and crowded than in previous years.

“I think there’s less (shoppers) than there normally are because a lot of stores opened Thursday,” Lynn Fernandez, an Indian Trail resident, who was out shopping Friday, said.

According to store flyers, Belk, Walmart, h.h. gregg, Target, J.C. Penny and others began offering special sales around 8 p.m. Thursday. 

According to a Kmart flyer, the store began offering special Thanksgiving deals at 6 a.m. Thursday as well as other special sales Thursday night beginning at 7 p.m. and Friday morning beginning at 6 a.m.

While some made use of the special Thanksgiving hours stores were open for shopping, others still chose to instead continue with their tradition of starting bright and early Friday morning.

They are not part of the crowd that wakes up in the early morning hours to be first in line on Black Friday, but they once again got up Friday morning to go shopping, Anita Couick of Waxhaw, who along with Jo Ann Griffin of Monroe and Sandy Hinson of Indian Trail, began her Black Friday shopping around 8 a.m. Friday, said.

“I think we get some good deals and we just like being together and shopping,” Couick said in reference to why she, Griffin and Hinson enjoy shopping on Black Friday.

Less people could be found out shopping on Small Business Saturday and storeowners had mixed results when it came to the number of people visiting their businesses.

“It’s been sort of nonstop since opening,” Georgia Coyle, who operates Georgia Lynne’s in Wingate, said Saturday in reference to the number of customers at her business.

On Saturday she held a Holiday Open House event at the store, which featured various sales on the store’s merchandise.

For some other small businesses, Black Friday brought in a lot of customers but on Small Business Saturday, they saw fewer customers.

“Yesterday was a lot better than today,” Roopal Das, one of the owners of Studio Boutique in Monroe, said Saturday.

On Friday, the store was filled with people shopping. Saturday they still had a steady amount of business but not as much as they saw the day before. They offered 25 percent off of the store’s merchandise and a few additional sales on select items both Friday and Saturday, she said.

Monday this week is known as Cyber Monday and is when many people log on to the Internet to do online shopping. 

Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon.com and other companies have already listed some of their special Cyber Monday sales online.