Steady stream of shoppers visit Auburn-area stores for Black Friday savings
AURELIUS — Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day deals didn’t deter families and friends from shopping on Black Friday as thousands of people visited the big-name chains and stores around Auburn.
On Friday afternoon stores were still packed with a steady stream of shoppers searching for sales at places like Wal-Mart, Kohl’s and Bass Pro Shops in Auburn and Aurelius.
Jean Derby brought her son Camden, 14, and daughter Ashlyn, 9, from Romulus to see what retailers had, stopping at Wal-Mart Thursday night and visiting Dick’s Sporting Goods and Bass Pro Shops Friday morning.
“It was just a bunch of people running around like crazy looking for cheap stuff,” Derby said, laughing. “It’s hard to not bump into people. ... We came up to the checkout (at Bass Pro) but the lines were too long so we did another lap around the store and came back.”
Bass Pro Shops opened its doors at the Fingerlakes Mall from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, but Operations Manager Bob Ryan said they saw a bigger surge in shoppers for Black Friday.
“Sales were a little quiet yesterday, but today it’s been phenomenal,” he said, noting that their most popular purchase is the store’s $10 jeans. “People were lined up bright and early (because) we also had some really cheap handguns, which nobody has ever had before. And a lot of the $10 items really bring people in.”
Still, across the road, Kohl’s store manager Jim Robson said they noticed their lull Friday morning as the store’s doorbusters drew most shoppers Thursday night and Friday afternoon.
“Now that Black Friday has kind of morphed into Thursday, it makes mornings a little bit slower,” he said. “Then there’s usually another surge of shoppers in the afternoon because our big sale doorbuster ends at 1 p.m., but that’s normal since we switched to Thursday nights.
“For the most part though, it’s been very good and very steady,” Robson added.
At around noon Friday, the line at Kohl’s wrapped around half the store as people packed their carts with everything from socks and CDs to sweaters and children’s toys. And at Wal-Mart, shoppers were busy buying hot-ticket items like televisions, video games and other electronics.
Still, despite the crowds, it appeared there were no big challenges for retailers to report.
“We have some of the best customers come in the store that I’ve ever seen,” Ryan said. “I know a lot of retailers have issues with people running around, but our customers are so polite and a lot of them have been coming here for years. So it’s nice to have this kind of retail environment here.”