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Black Friday shoppers face an additional challenge this year

By Christie Post - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is the kick off to holiday shopping and one of the busiest shopping days of the year. For some shoppers it is the chance to be first in line to get the best deal.

I'm sure you've seen all the commercials promising great deals if you get to the stores early. Well, in just two days you can get them if you plan to shop early.

The South Plains Mall expects nearly 70,000 shoppers to start lining up as early as midnight Thursday night to get those door buster deals. With the temperature dropping to below freezing on Black Friday, people waiting in line will need to dress warm while they wait for those big savings. "It's going to be nice and cold outside for us so be sure and dress warmly, bundle up," said Beth Bridges, the spokesperson for South Plains Mall.

This year, Black Friday shoppers face an additional challenge, and it's not the long lines. Early morning bargain hunters can expect temperatures to be in the teens. "It's supposed to be really cold so I bet we'll see some really unique ways to stay warm this year," said Dee Dee Davis, the Brownfield Highway Target store team leader.

If you're one of the many heading out before sunrise, some stores say the early bird gets the best deals and exclusive items. "They're lined up all the way around the building usually. Just people excited for the deals. So we have people lined up as early as 12," said Davis. "We come out about 3 o'clock and start handing out numbers for our key items, our TVs."

Hot items for this year with some of the lowest prices range from televisions to IPods to cameras. "Quite a few TV's on ad this year with great prices, some up to 50 percent off," said Davis.

If you don't want to fight the large crowds, but still want to shop and save money - the answer is to shop local. "Come in as you please and you're not going to have to fight crowds at 3 a.m. so that's also a positive," said Ashley Adams, an employee with Wild Oats Boutique.

Wild Oats, a clothing boutique in the Hub City said they will be open and offering an alternative experience with brands larger store chains don't have. "The customer service we have here is outstanding. We want to make sure we find what you're looking for whether it's a gift item or something for yourself," said Adams.

As always, the more you spend, the more you save. Whatever way you shop on Black Friday, stores will be prepared to cater to your needs. "They're stocked up, they have employees and staff ready to serve you and help you," said Bridges.

South Plains Mall will open at 3 a.m. Friday morning for you to wait inside away from the cold temperatures until the stores open.

Click here for a list of all the stores open with special Black Friday hours.

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