CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Shoppers spent much of their Thanksgiving laying out a battle plan for Black Friday. While several stores opened early, even on Thursday night, JCPenney stores didn't open until 6 a.m. Friday and we found people lined up outside the chain's Green Tree Mall store early.
"It's been great; a great experience," said shopper Donna Price.
Lines snaked around the Green Tree Mall JCPenney store before the Black Friday grand opening. Everyone who waited to get in had their own reasons. Price was buying a coffee maker for her sister. Many of the shoppers said they were able to hit stores that opened at midnight or even earlier before heading to Penney's.
"We found everything we wanted," said Anthony Richey. "A little bit for our parents and in-laws but for the most part we'll be finished."
It wasn't just the bargains that were a draw.
"You stand in line for 15 or 20 minutes and next thing you know there's 20 or 30 people you become friends with and all of a sudden it turns into an experience with people you never met before," Richey said.
Just a tick before 6 a.m. the doors opened to the cheers of shoppers and they didn't waste any time dashing to the deals and then waiting to check out.
Down the mall, Dillard's perhaps opened the latest. The department store chain didn't open until 8 a.m.
"With Dillard's we want to make sure that our associates get time to spend with family for the holiday season. They're going to be working a lot of hours for the next five or six weeks and we just want to make sure that they get time to see the family and get the batteries recharged," said Dillard's Green Tree Store Manager Charlie Huffard.
Shoppers rushed the store, some of them 12 hours into their shopping marathon, and they didn't seem worse for wear.
"I was very surprised to see how charged up everybody was, people telling me they've been up all night long and they're still ready to go throughout the day. I thought maybe we'd see some zombies out here this morning but they rushed in and they're ready to shop," Huffard said.
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