With more stores opening on Thanksgiving Day, stores seemed a little less crowded on Friday morning than in past years.
With stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s and Towne West Square and Towne East Square open through Thanksgiving night, the throngs looking for Black Friday deals were a little more dispersed.
But some shoppers were still looking for deals about 8 a.m. Friday morning.
Sami and Billi Mowbray and Sandy Clark drove into Wichita from McPherson for their Black Friday shopping, arriving about 3 a.m. They estimate they'll spend about $1,000 on Black Friday shopping.
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They've been participating in Black Friday for 10 years, and they said the crowds this year aren't nearly what they were in years past.
“It seems like it's more spread out,” said Billi Mowbray during a breakfast break at the Towne East Square food court. “We've had good luck this year getting what we wanted.”
Despite all the hype about the deals on Black Thursday, the three women say they don't ever plan on shopping Thanksgiving Day.
“We prefer to wait and let people have a Thanksgiving,” Mowbray said. “I'd have to want something really bad to go (on Thanksgiving).”
According to a Friday morning news release from Wal-Mart, the company’s stores across the country processed more than 10 million register transactions in its stores from 6 to 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Wal-Mart was predicting significantly higher sales for Thursday than on Thanksgiving Day 2012, when it also offered deals, but not until later in the night.