Nov 29, 2013 11:08 AM by Maddie Garrett
Black Friday had a different feel this year, with many stores opening Thursday night, some as early as 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Because most of those stores stayed open through the night, we didn't see the usual overnight crowds and lines. Some stores looked calm and quiet in the middle of the night, a different scene from years passed.
One of the new, major retailers in Colorado Springs, Bass Pro, was open all day on Thursday, Thanksgiving. But after the store closed down for the night, it was one of the few retailers that opened on Friday morning. A few hours before the doors opened at 5:00am only a handful of shoppers were in the parking lot. An unusual site, as they waited in their cars instead of lining up in front of the store hours ahead of time.
But then when it came closer to opening, the line starting growing, soon wrapping around the building.
Chris Vigil, a manager at the Super Target at Power and Carefree, said Black Friday is the like the superbowl for retailers. He said this year was a little different opening up at 8:00pm Thursday night, but that all of the employees working the overnight shift chose to do so. He explained that the early start is just part of the retail business and they still saw a large crowd lining up Thursday night before the doors opened.
"It's part of retail and we live by it. I've been doing it for 14 years and I really enjoy it," said Vigil.
But not all shoppers are on board with starting Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving day. Casey Copeland describes herself as a serious Black Friday shopper, but said she deliberately waited until midnight to hit the stores because she wanted to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with her family first.
"It's ridiculous, you're cutting into people's family time, I mean it's a holiday it should be spent with family not shopping. That's for Black Friday," said Copeland.
Even though she disagrees with the early start to the sales, Copeland said she misses seeing the large crowds and the rush of getting to the stores when they used to open at midnight.
"I enjoy the coming out and the crowds and chasing down what you want and the thrill of trying to get what you need and what you want... And this one's just kind of blah," she said.