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Smaller Crowds at Kenwood Towne Centre
SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Adam Clements) -- Black Friday is here and shoppers are out in search of great deals. Is Black Friday as big a deal as it used to be, since more and more stores opened on Thanksgiving? Local 12's Adam Clements joins us live from Sycamore Township to give us a gauge on the Black Friday experience at the Kenwood Towne Centre.
Things certainly picked up at the Kenwood Towne Centre. The parking lot practically full at noon. That certainly has not been the case early Friday morning, as it has been in years past.
You can blame that on how early the deals started this year. Places like Target and Walmart opened Thursday night as early as 8 p.m. Kmart even went so far as to open their doors at 6 a.m.
It's certainly caused a major shift in the dynamic of what we once knew as Black Friday. Much smaller crowds Friday morning at the various retail locations around the Tri-State. Many of them saw their big rush Thursday night.
A lot of folks seem to be divided on how they feel about things starting so early. On one hand shopping on Thanksgiving takes away from family time, but on the other it allows for smaller crowds on Black Friday.
Don't forget to save some of your spending for the little guys tomorrow. Small Business Saturday is an effort to get shoppers to stimulate the local economy. If the crowds are just too much for you, you can always try shopping online. Forbes predicts total internet sales will top $78 billion this holiday season.