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Nationally, a record 152 million people were expected to shop at stores or online on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Retail Federation. Black Friday additionally was projected by ShopperTrak to maintain its claim as the busiest shopping day of the year a title it has held for the past seven years as retailers advertised discounts as high as 70 percent.
we have the crowds, said Heather Drake, marketing manager. does that convert into sales?
Zane Carkeek, left and John Shannon, show their happiness of getting in line at a store at the FlatIron Crossing Mall as the shopping center opens at midnight in Broomfield for the traditional start of the Prada Wallet Saffiano holiday shopping season. The first 100 people in line at this store will receive a $100 gift card.
than normal appeared to be rewarded in Boulder and Broomfield counties, where tens of thousands of people flocked to shopping centers for midnight openings.
ShopperTrak is expected to release sales data Saturday on how Black Friday fared, but a better picture will emerge when major retailers report their November sales figures next Thursday.
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Last year, a 45 minute wait outside The Children's Place netted $250 in savings on Christmas presents for Back's two toddlers. The economic state of the past few years has caused her to keep a sharper eye on her spending, she said.
In Boulder and Broomfield counties, the anecdotal evidence was a mixed bag in the early stages of Black Friday.
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An hour into the madness, the crowds remained, but the iconic image of the Black Friday shopper schlepping a few bags in each hand was few and far between.
Jennifer Back, 29, who classified herself as a seasoned Black Friday shopper, looked around at the thousands of people waiting in line to get into FlatIron Crossing and said she knew she had her work cut out for her.
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Whether that heavy traffic translated to overflowing cash register drawers, however, remains to be seen.
Once the crowds funneled into the mall, some stores, including Lids with a one (hat) get a second off deal quickly became packed. A line also formed at skater clothier Tilly's, which boasted gift cards valued between $10 and $100 for the first 100 customers.
At midnight, hundreds of people filed into Boulder's Best Buy and Target stores to get their hands on discounted electronics. In Broomfield, thousands of people rushed FlatIron Crossing mall.
Saturday, an American Express created campaign designed to funnel some of the billions of dollars spent into the pocketbooks of small, local businesses.
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Like retailers across the country, local businesses will have a better gauge in the coming week on whether their Black Friday Weekend efforts were successful.
a huge bargain shopper, a huge coupon er, she said.
were older teens and young adults surge through five different entrances at FlatIron Crossing, the Broomfield mall's senior marketing manager hedged before declaring the property's first ever midnight opening a success. More than 150 of the mall's tenants opted to set up shop early.
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