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Black Friday brought lots of green to Albany

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November 26, 2007

Albany - The shopping day started early, way before the light of day. One Albany retailer says Black Friday more than exceeded expectations and that hundreds were lined up before the doors even opened.  

It's nice and quiet at the Albany Mall today. At JCPenney, Doris Bell is taking her time looking for just the right gift for her loved ones. "I'm out today and the sales are still seeming to be on and I'm enjoying shopping for my grandchildren and some of my friends," she said. She doesn't like big crowds, and so instead of getting up at 3 AM Friday to shop, she slept in and made plans for those Thanksgiving leftovers.  Bell said, "I'm not much for the large crowds and particularly the traffic."

But hundreds of people flooded the gates at JCPenney on Friday. Some showed up hours before the store even opened its doors. "There were people out there before we got here. There were people here at 2:30 AM." And when the doors finally did open, Store Manager Joseph Iles says sales were through the roof.  He said, "The store was extremely packed at 4 AM to our amazement. We were expecting a crowd, but not quite the crowd we got. We were overwhelmed to say the least."

But if you're more of a leisurely shopper like Doris, "I just like to take it slow and easy to shop," she said.  You can still find some great buys, without those crowds.  Iles said, "There are going to be great deals throughout the entire Christmas season."

A season Iles hopes continues to be just as good as Black Friday.  He said, "It was a tremendous day." 

Much like Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for in-store retail sales, today (November 26th) is considered Cyber Monday, expected to be the busiest online shopping day.

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