Shoppers score Black Friday deals at Milford mall

Nov 26, 2017, 01:00
Shoppers score Black Friday deals at Milford mall

"It's important to know how to spot scams and unscrupulous situations as you find the ideal gift for that special somebody".

Store associates ready their positions at counters throughout the store while their coworkers provide candy canes and coupons to awaiting customers outside.

In 2016, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday all set records for online sales.

Aaron Robins, the general manager at the Clearbrook WalMart Supercenter, said earlier this week he sees many customers treat Black Friday sales as tradition as well, with numerous same families showing up every year for WalMart's doorbuster sales after Thanksgiving dinner. The retailers that chose to open Thursday night drew crowds well into Friday morning as the rest of many stores opened up.

"It's like the new trend item these days because everyone has a crock pot and a grill", she said.

Kristy Frazier did some shopping while her daughter worked.

"I don't think it's dying".

Black Friday deals meant a busy day at the University Mall.

At the top of their shopping lists this year were hoverboards and game systems, Christmas presents for Wolters' grandkids. If secured, she'd be looking at hundreds of dollars in savings.

By 9 p.m. Thursday, traffic headed into the shopping center housing Roanoke's Target and Best Buy was stretched out to Valley View Boulevard and their parking lots were full. The line grew throughout the morning, eventually forming down the side of the sidewalk. A long line formed the day before the store even opened. "I'm a little surprised".

You don't have to be a pro to score all the deals.

"This is so much more fun", shopper Kayla Bonin said. "This year you pretty much walk in and get what you want and you're on your way", she said.

Gilbert said shoppers bolted for the firearms counter, "where sales were very brisk", and lines formed at registers throughout the store, with people shelling out for smokers and nice-weather fishing gear.

"We also have our Festival of Trees which is up and if people are looking to give back they can make a donation to many of these non-profits so there's a lot of other things going on than just those shopping deals". "Just wanted a head start".

Others just came to see what the shopping holiday is all about.

Some shoppers told WFMZ they still feed off of energy like that.

With the national jobless rate at a 17-year low retail expert expect strong sales. She had another tip for dealing with that. "I saved $300", Vicki Lindley said.

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