When the mall opened its doors to the public in the early morning hours on Friday, Nov. 29, the shopping center was not filled with a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd, but instead a handful of stragglers from the night before.
For many local shoppers, Christmas came early this year — or at least the shopping did.
The day in which long lines wrap around stores beginning at 5 a.m. is no longer reserved for Black Friday, but is now seen on Thanksgiving Day.
“I heard it was really busy for like one-and-a-half hours after we opened at midnight last night, and then it slowed down,” said Randi Leigh Thomas, a sales associate for Get Gussied Up. “By the time I got here at 5 (a.m.) there were just a couple of people still milling around, and then we’ve had little spurts of increased activity.”