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Locals hit the shops on Black Friday


Well over 100 million people are expected to shop during the four-day holiday weekend, Channel 3's Kalie Desimone caught up with several shoppers some of which hit dozens of stores in a ten hour period.

Here at the University Town Center there were all the extremes when it came to the hour each store opened. Toys R Us opened at 5:30 Thanksgiving night, Burlington Coat Factory didn't open until 6 am Friday and Academy was sandwiched in between when it opened at 5 a.m. Friday.

"My thanksgiving was over at 5 or 6 so as soon as that was over I started my black friday shopping," said shopper Matthew Lewando.

And with that the masses pored into area retailers.

"It's fun too. It's an adrenaline rush to see if you can beat everyone to it."

"I am out here to buy a 12 gauge, a maverick 88," Lewando said.

Shoppers say retailers offered deep discounts this year.

"Total Ill probably save $100 or $200," said shopper Haley Hassle.

"$200 tonight already maybe 300."

Betsy Ferguson says she had a great reason to brave the crowds from 8 Thursday night to 10 on Friday morning.

"I have 6 grandchildren and a bunch of kids," said shopper Betsy Ferguson.

So how did she shop without dropping for more than 13 hours?

"We've had a lot of mountain dew, coffee and donuts. We just keep going," Ferguson said.

Many shoppers say there were special deals to be had up until 1 pm and they stuck around to get them.