Shoppers take advantage of early Black Friday hours
By Ryann Rumbaugh
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:16:29 GMT — As stores start opening earlier and earlier each year, Black Friday just isn't what it used to be. Years ago, people would line up for a store's opening around 4:00 a.m. Now, places such as Capital Mall seem deserted at that time of day. Some associates at JCPenney started their shifts while most people were still celebrating Thanksgiving. The store opened at 8 p.m. and saw a rush of customers. "It was very busy from 8:00 'til about midnight when the rest of the Capital Mall opened," said JCPenney associate Margaret Graham. "We had sort of a lull for a little while, a nice breather to get the store back together. And now we're getting ready for round two." Some customers formed a short line outside of Jo-Ann Fabrics for the store's 6:00 a.m. opening. "I started at 6:00," said shopper Thomas Wagner. "I went home around midnight and started back up at 3:00." So, if you're looking to avoid the chaotic crowds, those early hours seem like your best bet to save a buck.
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