"Black Friday Girls" shopping brigade head to Lexington's Fayette Mall
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentuckians are joining other Americans in the two-day holiday shopping marathon.
Some shoppers tried again Friday morning, after deciding that they didn't want to deal with long lines outside stores on Thanksgiving.
"We have our list. We kind of just do a rundown of where we're going. We divide and conquer," said one shopper at Lexington's Fayette Mall who says she's part of the 'Black Friday Girls' shopping brigade.
But this year, that tradition has changed for a lot of shoppers. In an effort to boost sales, many retail stores opened their doors on Thanksgiving Day.
Stores like Kmart and Meijer were some of the earliest to open at 6 a.m. Thursday.
Macy's, Sears and JCPenny were among the Fayette Mall stores that welcomed shoppers at 8 p.m. Thursday night while most remaining stores in the mall opened for business at midnight.
While hundreds of people rushed into stores as soon as they opened, some people who are used to the typical Black Friday tradition weren't pleased.
"Life is busy," said one of the 'Black Friday Girls.' "This is one day a year we set aside to be together as enjoy it. But it kind of messed it up being on Thanksgiving night."
It's still not clear whether the earlier openings will lead shoppers to spend more over the two days, or simply spread sales between Thursday and Friday. But some big chains are already saying it's a success. Wal-Mart says it's sold 2.8 million towels, two million TVs, 1.4 million tablets, 300,000 bicycles and 1.9 million dollars.