Thousands hit the stores for Black Friday shopping

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Thousands of shoppers are hitting the stores in the wee hours of the morning for Black Friday, including many in the East.

Many stores opened with deals Thanksgiving afternoon or evening and won’t stop until late Friday night.

According to consulting firm Deloitte, 76% of American consumers plan to shop between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday. Average spending per shopper over the weekend is expected to hit around $400. That’s about $30 more than last year.

Many expect Black Friday shopping to dip this year thanks to more deals offered online, yet some shoppers say it’s worth logging off the computer and coming out to the stores to snag deals.

“The sales, maybe 20% off, 50 or 70% off, that’s good. The good prices on the jeans and the boots, winter fashion,” said Greenville shopper Kayla Lawhorne.

Retailers are pushing deals again for Small Business Saturday and all the way through Cyber Monday. Many people say that’s keeping them away from stores on Black Friday, while others say they enjoy the chaos.

“Try to beat everyone here the most, see what I can find that’s cute. I just want my boots, haha, maybe a nice coat,” Lawhorne said.

While preparing for the chaos inside stores, the biggest danger people face could be in the parking lot. The National Safety Council finds as many as two-thirds of drivers may be distracted while pulling into shopping centers. 1 in 5 accidents happens in parking lots.

Greenville stores including A.C. Moore open at 5 a.m. Friday. Lowe’s opens at 6 a.m. Friday. Burlington, Five Below, Michael’s, Sam’s Club, and T.J. Maxx open at 7 a.m. Barnes and Noble and Best Buy open at 8 a.m. Kohl’s, Target, Walmart and JC Penney opened Thanksgiving night and will remain open through late Friday night.

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