Crestview residents observe a quiet Black Friday after Thursday sales

Black Friday

Browsing the 5 a.m. sales circular, Crestview residents Samir Serbia-Marte, left, and Gregg Stubberfield are among the few Black Friday morning shoppers at the local Walmart once the flat screen TVs sold out.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 08:59 AM.

CRESTVIEW — With national stores moving Black Friday sales earlier and earlier until they landed on Thanksgiving evening, the aisles of the Crestview Walmart were populated by more employees than shoppers Friday morning once the last sales “event” occurred at 5 a.m.

“They (customers) were lined up since 1 or 2 a.m. for the TVs, but once they were gone, so were the shoppers,” an unidentified checkout clerk said.

She was among several clerks waiting to direct the few shoppers who remained in the store by 5:30 a.m. to their available checkout aisles. Other workers stood around palettes of sale merchandise set up in the main aisles, ready to assist any customers.

“All the good stuff went on sale at 8 and 10 o’clock (Thanksgiving night),” an employee who gave his name as Danny said. “It was really crazy then.”

Between Thanksgiving evening and Friday morning, Walmart hosted three sales events, starting with an 8 p.m. sale — two hours earlier than the 2011 kick off to the holiday shopping season. The event was promoted by a 20-page sales circular advertising mainly toys and clothing. The 10 p.m. sale of primarily electronics caused the largest stir, Danny said.

“They had TVs and computers, that sort of thing,” he said.

The 5 a.m. sale offered a variety of merchandise, advertised in a 16-page circular, but apart from a trio of flat-screen TVs and some sporting goods, shoppers’ response was less enthusiastic.

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