Black Friday Begins
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Shopko was one of the first stores to welcome bargain-hunters on Thanksgiving night. A huge crowd rushed through the doors when they opened at 9p.m. The shopping continued through Friday Night as the holiday buying season got underway across NorthePhoto: Video by nbc26.com
ASHWAUBENON, WI -- Shopko was one of the first stores in our area to welcome bargain-hunters on Thanksgiving night. A huge crowd rushed through the doors when they opened at 9p.m.
That's their earliest start ever to Black Friday. Shopko's offering more than six-hundred door-buster deals this year.
A spokeswoman at the Mall of America in Minneapolis says 30,000 people showed up for the mall's opening at midnight, compared with 20,000 last year. About 11,000 shoppers were in lines wrapped around Macy's flagship store in New York city when it opened at midnight -- up from an estimated 9,000 to 10,000 last year.
Still, not everyone has been taking advantage of the earlier-than-usual store openings on Black Friday.
Joe Russell was hunting for a great deal on a large screen TV and went to Best Buy store in Watertown, Mass., shortly after midnight. But he thought twice about it after seeing the long line of shoppers gunning for door-buster promotions in freezing temperatures. Russell, who says this is earliest he's ever shopped, returned to the store after sunrise and got a different TV for "a decent price."