Police officer: Black Friday 'the slowest I've seen up here'

Neisha Smith

Neisha Smith, DeAuna Moorer and Micayla Lee excitedly count down the minutes to the start of Wal-Mart's Black Friday 8 a.m. sale on iPhones.

Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 07:07 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Whereas the Crestview Wal-Mart has been jam-packed on previous Black Fridays, this year's found the superstore busy but not mobbed.

"It's probably the calmest Black Friday I've seen up here," Lt. Eddie Lehneis of the Crestview Police Department said as he stood on hand in the electronics department.

While some shoppers wandered uncrowded aisles, stopping to visit with friends, the largest concentration chatted in line in electronics waiting for the 8 a.m. sales "event."

Though the chain started its sales earlier than before, beginning with a 6 p.m. round of bargains Thanksgiving evening, some shoppers said they weren't interested.

"We just sat bloated on the couch after dinner," Crestview resident Teri Summers said. "My son and his wife came all the way in from Ohio. I wasn't going to leave them to go fight the crowds."

Still, Wal-Mart regional manager Jon Kurpil said, the store considered the 6 and 8 p.m. sales a successful start of the holiday shopping season.

"The 6 p.m. event was the busier of the two, which we anticipated," he said. "All indications by the customer traffic flow showed it was a very successful."

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