Lieutenant Cam Anderson said that while business was brisk, earlier Thanksgiving Day store openings have kept Black Friday manageable. Anderson is one of many Hickory Police Department officers employed off-duty by local retailers.
Lines form at JCPenney early Friday morning. Valley Hills Mall parking lot was full at midnight and beyond on Black Friday.
Kevin Baker of Conover talks about why he has been participating in Black Friday shopping for three years. Anthony Robinson of Conover, and Chris Propst of Claremont all agree that bargains on clothing and accessories are their motiviation. The friends rest in the food court at Valley Hills Mall in Hickory early Friday morning.
First in line at Game Stop in Hickory was the Lowe family from Hickory. Pam, her husband Earl and son Trevor claimed their place at 5 p.m. in order to buy the Sony Play Station 4. Trevor keeps his eye on the front door -- just in case.
One of the few lines at midnight on Black Friday was at Game Stop in Hickory. Johnathan Griffith and his brother Joseph, from Claremont, braved the cold and the hours in order to buy X-Box One, which they say has sold out everywhere else.
Daylen Goodson of Maiden is clothed against the 32 degree weather in a Pikachu outfit, waiting with his friend, Trevor Wilson as they complete six hours of waiting for the opportunity to buy games, controllers and headsets at Game Stop in Hickory.
Last year at this time on Black Friday lines had formed by hundreds of shoppers ready to take advantage of the sales. This years shoppers say that the early Thanksgiving Day openings were when the lines formed. Off-duty Hickory Police Department officers where in less demand as a result.
Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 9:28 am
Updated: 12:52 pm, Fri Nov 29, 2013.
Black Friday started out surprisingly low-key compared to this time last year. Except for the Valley Hills Mall, where traffic and business was brisk, other retail locations did not show evidence of the long lines of 2012.
Walmart, Target and Best Buy, which all opened up Black Friday sales prices on Thanksgiving Day, appeared to be business as usual -- busy, but not desperately so.
Friday, November 29, 2013 9:28 am.
Updated: 12:52 pm.