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Black Friday rush, not so rushed this year

By WKTV News

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - On this Black Friday, it seems like fewer shoppers were out during the crazy hours of the morning. That's because retailers moved Black Friday to Thanksgiving night.

Big Box stores like Walmart and Target opened their doors earlier this year than ever before for their annual Black Friday Doorbuster sales.

Walmart opened at 8:00 P.M. Thursday, Target at 9:00 P.M..

Heather Burton of Oxford waited in the line at the New Harfford Walmart before 8:00, and after that went to numerous other stores before ending at midnight, "We took a little break".

Burton and her daughter then got up again after about two hours sleep and were at Sangertown Square to see what the mall had to offer starting at 6:00 A.M..

Matthew Luppino, a Team Leader at the New Hartford Target says he has been in retail for 30 years and has seen the changes in Black Friday over those years, "It's definitely chjanged, we usually start a little earlier and the days go a little longer, and maybe we have a little bit less time eating the turkery on Thanksgiving, but it's all worth it. It worked out well."

Christa Williams of Utica says it was worth it to wait in line, and when asked about the earlier starting time, she says it's changed things for the better, "I guess there's less fighting."

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