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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

November 28, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's one of the busiest shopping days of the year. And many retailers have more than the typical Black Friday nerves.

As the economy continues to struggle, store managers worry shoppers might not spend as much as normal.

Did they have a big day Friday? You bet. People were definitely working off all that Turkey and dressing at the Albany Mall.

Several people got there before 3:30am. Some of them were racking up on Christmas presents, while others said they were just there enjoying the excitement of Black Friday.

Thousands of People, heavy shopping bags, and long lines filled the Albany Mall this morning. And for most shoppers, sleep was not exactly a priority.

"I actually got up at 5 o'clock this morning," says early riser Scott McDaniel.

"I rolled out of bed at like 3:45, and ran out the door in like 15 minutes," says shopper Shadrika Childs.

But did the less than ideal weather slow down the madness? Not a chance. Black Friday shoppers said a little rain never hurt anybody. The crowds were just as big as they were last year.

"The rain didn't stop you today?" I asked Childs.

" No," she replied. "I have a scarf, bonnett, umbrella...we're good."

But what about the economy? Retailers said today's turnout surprised them. JC Penney's general manager even admitted they were understaffed.

"We didn't think it was going to be that serious as it was last year...but it proved us wrong," says store clerk Crystal Hawkins.

"For a minute there we had a drop in sales especially in the fine jewelry department because this isn't a necessity of course. But I've noticed as Christmas and the holiday season comes in, especially today's date, has really boost our sales," says Lawana Wise.

Today was all about taking advantage of the sales. But for others it was more about getting into the Christmas spirit.

"We're having a good time. Feet hurt, but we're having fun," a group of shoppers said.

The store managers said they were very happy with the turnout and anticipate steady crowds throughout the holiday season.

Now we still have Cyber Monday to look forward to. That's when shoppers can expect the biggest discounts at various stores when you purchase on the internet. Feedback