Shoppers pack Middlesboro Mall

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Black Friday kicked off in the wee hours of the morning with many people lining up to get into stores.

Folks lined up inside Middlesboro Mall, only to keep waiting.

"I've been here since twelve midnight," said shopper Michelle Collins.

Once the doors were opened, the freebies quickly disappeared, and folks started snatching up bargains. Belk at Middlesboro Mall gave out 250 free gift cards in four minutes.

"I tried not to forget anything. I hope I didn't. I don't know," said shopper Jenny Seals.

Seals did not sleep last night. She traded in one night's rest for one day's work.

"I'm almost done. I lack three more people, and that's all," said Seals.

Mall leaders said they saw record crowds Friday morning.

"I believe this is going to be one of our best years in a very long time. We had really strong traffic despite the weather," said Charles Burchfield with Middlesboro Mall.

"We are above sales from last year. The people are here, and they are spending their money in Bell County and here in Middlesboro," said Belk Manager Joy Beaupry.

For Jenny Seals, she has the task of explaining her purchases to her husband.

"I saved him all kinds of money," said Seals.

She said she is looking forward to getting a day of rest.

"Take a break. Tomorrow is break day from shopping," said Seals.

Mall leaders opened the mall entrance early this morning so folks could wait inside, out of the rain.

They tell us everything went smoothly Friday, and they did not have any big problems.

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