Dealing with the rush

Published 4:55 pm Friday, November 28, 2008

After a long morning of waiting out in the cold for stores to open their doors, customers were finally permitted to flock to the sales shelves. Many store managers in local businesses were amazed to find customers literally running through their stores to find the best deals for their holiday shopping.

Wal-Mart’s store manager, Elrod Tyson, said there were hundreds of people waiting at the door as early as 5 a.m. waiting to save money from early morning sales.

Many stores opened early to help those early bird shoppers who were awake at the crack of dawn, just to beat other people to the items on their families’ Christmas lists. Many of the top items being brought during Black Friday were electronic devices including televisions and the new Nintendo game system Wii.

Stores including Wal-Mart, Bennett’s and Wright Drugs and Gift Shop prepared for yesterday by bringing in extra people, which were more than needed as people retrieved their goods and headed for the checkout lines.

“Things have been pretty busy here today, especially having to stop and wrap gifts for people,” said Jessie Bradley, a cashier at Wright Drugs and Gift Shop.