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Shoppers out looking for deals in Florence

November 23, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Black Friday shopping was in full swing in Florence … on Thursday.

Thousands of Pee Dee shoppers flooded retail stores around Florence after finishing their Thanksgiving meals and traffic continued through the evening as more stores opened up for Gray Thursday sales.

J.C. Penney, at the Magnolia Mall, opened at 2 p.m. Thursday and will remain open through Black Friday.

Tammy Graves, human resources supervisor for J.C. Penney, said this is something retailer looks forward to each year.

“At 1 p.m. when I got here, it was already wrapped around the building,” Graves said. “It is so exciting. We give up our Thanksgiving, but it’s so exciting to see the customers waiting to come into the store to see what we’ve got for them. It’s hectic to start with, but it’s something we enjoy.”

Graves said the shopping flow would slow down later into the night, but would pick back up around 8 a.m. Friday morning.

One of the shoppers waiting in the line was Doretha McCollum. McCollum said she has seen Black Friday shopping expand over the years.

“I remember when it was pretty much just Friday,” McCollum said. “Now, people make an entire weekend of it. It’s a good way to get the Christmas shopping started and they always have some great deals. This is my first year coming Thanksgiving afternoon. It’s busy, but that’s expected.”

Over at Walmart, Henry Becht was shopping with his entire family. Becht said he is the “chauffeur” for the bunch.

“I’ve got my wife, daughter and her friend,” Becht said. “We’ll start with Walmart and then hit up a few of the other stores in the evening. It’s a lot of fun and we just have a good time as a family.”

A few other stores that opened Thursday included Target (5 p.m.); Best Buy (5 p.m.); Dick’s Sporting Goods (6 p.m.); and Belk (4 p.m.).

Many other Florence stores will open early this morning.

For a list of full store hours for national brands during the Holiday weekend, visit blackfriday.com.

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