TONIGHT: Increasing clouds and cold. High: 16. Winds: SSE 5-10 mph.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny, windy and warmer. High: 44. Winds: South 10-15 mph, gusting to 30 mph.
Shoppers Swarm White Oaks Mall
It seems the holidays come earlier each year, and Black Friday is no exception. People starting lining up at White Oaks Mall around 8 p.m. Thursday, even though the doors did not open until midnight.
Once inside, shoppers rushed for the door-busting deals. One of the most popular stores this year seemed to be Victoria's Secret.
“There was so many people in there," shopper Ashley McGuire said. "There was a girl that got shoved down in there."
McGuire was one of thousands of shoppers bargain hunting, leaving security with their hands full. White Oaks Mall Marketing Director Christine Lahmann said they have a full staff on, with security patrolling inside and out.
“If you feel you need assistance we have signage on the wall, we have a security line, just call and we'll take care of you," Lahmann said.
There were not any serious problems, just a whole lot of sales.
“We've seen at least a 30 to 50 percent increase since last year in our Sperrys, so that's the new thing to get,” Tradehome Shoes Manager Matt Adams said.
And for the kids?
“Anything and everything almost," Braden Painter said. "Black Friday is probably the most great day of the year."