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Black Friday Boom for Dothan

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

Even though Thanksgiving Day is over, many hungry shoppers were out in full force for Black Friday. In Dothan, it was no different.

It was a rare sight to see an empty parking spot outside of Wiregrass Commons Mall. Inside shoppers held large bags and searched for even larger bargains.

In the food court, extra tables were brought out to accommodate the crowd, but why?

Ronnie Cole comes with his family. They were here an hour before retailers opened. He says it’s tradition.

"It's just been a family affair for years for us to gather, bonding time."

Stacy McDuffie now lives in Orlando, Florida and adds, "I'm from Dothan, AL and I love my hometown, and it’s exciting to come back home to see so many people for Thanksgiving, and I just want to spend my money where I lived."

In a fluctuating economy, this is what merchants want. Kay-Bee stores opened for shoppers at 5 o'clock Friday morning. The most popular toy: the Tumble Time Tigger.

Assistant Manager Garrett Branch is on call all day and said, "Around 4:30, before we got here we had a humungous line at the door waiting for us to open up, and as soon as we opened up they were flooding the shelves, everything was almost gone."

And with extended hours, good bargains, gift cards and even more tempting rebates, the lines only seemed to grow. Just ask shopper and husband Clayton Basley. He was waiting for his wife.

Basley said, “My wife’s shopping, I'm tagging along."

As the night wound down, unless shoppers are going to your regular 24 hour retailer, they'll probably feel like the one woman who fell asleep while taking a break

According to The Associated Press, Wal-Mart, Sears, and Macy's are among those who say it appears they've drawn bigger crowds this year than last year.


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