Thousands brave the cold for Black Friday deals in Hampton Roads

Thousands brave the cold for Black Friday deals in Hampton Roads


(LAURA) DESPITE THE COLD WEATHER — MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE OUT IN FORCE TO CHECK EVERYTHING OFF THEIR HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST. SOME EXPERTS PREDICT AMERICANS COULD SPEND NEARLY A TRILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. AND IT ALL STARTS ON BLACK FRIDAY. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S AESIA TOLIVER JOINS US LIVE AT MACARTHUR CENTER IN NORFOLK. AESIA – NICE TO SHOP INDOORS AND STAY WARM TODAY. (AESIA) YES AND THE WEATHER IS SOMETHING THAT THE GENERAL MANAGER THINKS WILL KEEP THEM FLOW OF SHOPPERS THIS EVENING. (AESIA) THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE MACARUTHUR CENTER SAYS THEY WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED WITH THE TURNOUT THIS MORNING. HE SAYS NORMALLY THEY DON’T SEE PEOPLE UNTIL ABOUT 10 OR 11AM AFTER THEY HIT ALL THE BIG BOX STORES.. BUT THIS YEAR FOR SOME REASON HE SAYS PEOPLE BEGAN LINING UP AROUND 5:30 AM WAITING TO GET INTO THE STORES THAT OPEN EARLIER THAN THE MALL ITSELF. BUT AGAIN, HE’S THINKING THAT CHILLY WEATHER WILL ENCOURAGE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE TO COME HERE. JIM WOFFORD GM MACARTHUR CENTER “WERE EXCITED ABOUT THE TURNOUT SO FAR IT WAS A SAME ENTHUSIASM THE WEATHER HELPS IT’S A LITTLE CHILLY OUTSIDE SO PEOPLE LIKE TO GET INSIDE AND ALSO ITS CALLING FOR RAIN ON SATURDAY WHICH WILL BRING PEOPLE BACK TO THE CENTER AS WELL” (AESIA) FOR THOSE OF YOU THINKING ABOUT HEADING HERE, THE PARKING GARAGE IS FREE THROUGH SUNDAY. THE GM ALSO WANTS TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT THE TO YOUR CAR IF YOU NEED IT. STAY WITH US WE’LL HAVE ANOTHER UPDATE FOR YOU AT 5. IN NORFOLK, I’M AESIA TOLIVER 10 ON YOUR SIDE. (LAURA) FROM NORFOLK — TO THE WILLIAMSBURG PREMIUM OUTLETS. THEY SENT US THESE PICTURES OF THE CROWDS AND LINES FOR BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING. ALREADY BY 1 AM THEIR PARKING LOTS WERE AT 85% CAPACITY. THEY CLOSED AT 2 AND REOPENED AT 6. IN JUST 2 HOURS – PARKING LOTS WERE 60% FULL AGAIN. THE OUTLET WILL CLOSE TONIGHT AT 10. (LAURA) NOW TO BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING IN VIRGINIA BEACH — 10 ON YOUR SIDE STOPPED BY KOHL’S AT LANDSTOWN COMMONS SHOPPING CENTER THIS MORNING. SOME SHOPPERS THERE HAVE BEEN OUT ALL NIGHT — SCOPING OUT THE BEST DEALS BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS. WE TALKED TO ONE FAMILY ABOUT THEIR ANNUAL SHOPPING ROUTINE THEY’VE BEEN DOING FOR 25 PLUS YEARS. JESSICA DONAHOE/SHOPPER “THE EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN FINE. THERE’S NOBODY REALLY COMING OUT ON FRIDAY.” (LAURA) NOW THIS FAMILY SAYS THEY DON’T GO OUT ON THANKSGIVING — BUT FRIDAY IS USUALLY AN ALL-DAY AFFAIR. THEY TELL US THEY LUCKED OUT WITH CROWDS THIS YEAR – SAYING IT SEEMED LESS BUSY THAN LAST BLACK FRIDAY.

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