It is the Superbowl of shopping: that’s right, Black Friday; But for some folks, Gray Thursday was on the top of their shopping list, others, not so much.
“I wish we got here earlier,” Chelsea Moore said.
“I got up at 5 a.m. and left at 6 a.m. so we just got here,” Madison Reaves said.
That is because many people cut their dinners short for long lines to dive in Black Friday deals.
JCPenny’s lines began as early as noon on Thursday as the staff prepared to open their doors at 2 p.m.
“We give our customers plenty of opportunities to come to see us, so we are open for 32 hours straight, so whatever time is convenient for them we have those offerings for them,” JCP General Manager Kathleen Lauck said.
Since their opening on Thanksgiving, JCPenny has not closed its doors and will not be shutting down until 10 p.m. on Friday.
But with that much time, it gives folks like Moore and Reaves the option of actually dining in on Thanksgiving, now they are ready to find the bargains.
“Been looking for gifts for my nephews and my niece, for Chinese Christmas, gifts for my mom,” Reaves said.
“I found good deals here and we’re probably gonna stay here for another 30 minutes and look around,” Moore said.
But with all the door-busting deals another 30 minutes may mean another full cart.
Diamond jewelry as low as $20, women intimates that would usually go for $32 to $44, now $14.99.
But are deals like these paying off?
“Definitely, we made our goal for Thursday and we are on our way to Friday,” Lauck said.
As the signs said, buy more and save more.
“We’ve got great giveaways for our customers we are giving away coupon this year up to $500.
So with all the deals and giveaways available, customers like Moore or Reaves can walk away happy campers with door-busting deals.
Lauck said while Black Friday ends at 10 p.m. Friday, the sales will keep coming until Sunday so it may not be too late to do your shopping.