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|Some Shop, Others People-Watch on Black Friday
|Would you believe that there were people out among you on Black Friday that weren't seriously doing Christmas shopping, and they weren't reporters like us who had microphones or note pads in their hands?
That was the case here in Galesburg, as we found at least two people among the first in line at the Galesburg Target Store who freely admit they're there not for the deals. They told WGIL'S Will Stevenson they were there for.
"The crowds. We both used to work here, so it was just kind of a tradition to come back afterwards," Chuck said.
Meet Chuck and Casey. The two Oneida residents didn't want to give their last names, and perhaps for good reason. They say they do a little bit of shopping, but it's usually just a couple of movies and then they go home.
Chuck and Casey tell WGIL it seemed like the crowds were slow to form this year.
Chuck: "It's actually kind of quiet."
Casey: "It's usually kind of full by now (5am)."
Chuck: "It's been longer in the past, but this wasn't too bad."
Not too bad turned into really good news for Target. The parking lot, about half-full by 5am, quickly filled up, and was nearly completely full well before the store opened at six. The line of people started at the store's doors, and extended halfway down the building's exterior by 5am, quickly covering the rest. Lines were that long at the Sears store as well in Sandburg Mall, which opened at 5am. Two other mall anchor stores opened at 4am.
Another possible good reason Chuck and Casey didn't want to give their last names -- the way they do most of their holiday shopping, they say: online.
(A line at the Galesburg Target store quickly grew Friday morning. WGIL News Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|11 28 08 by Newsroom
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