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Black Friday shopping changes bring mixed responses

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Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) - The biggest shopping day of the year is continuously changing. This year many stores opening on Thanksgiving morning, instead of waiting until the traditional Black Friday. Bergner's manager, Angela Baptiste, says the Grand Prairie location had a huge turnout on Turkey Day.

"It was different than what we've ever done but again, we saw a lot of people that were able to come in and shop before their Thanksgiving and a lot of people came after, so we were able to accommodate all our guests", said Baptiste.

But some annual Black Friday shoppers thought the morning crowd was slimmer than previous years.
"It's not as busy. Well we didn't come out on Thursday, and that's when the majority of people come out. This time we just came out at 5 O' clock and it was not bad. Now, it is starting to pick up", said shopper Stacy Kramer.

Despite a slow start for some businesses, the parking lot did fill up... so the mobile coffee shop was in the right spot.

"We've been busy since 7o'clock this morning. Our lines have been pretty long all morning for we're very grateful for that so we really haven't seen a decline in shopping this morning", said The Spot owner, Sara Skolaski.

While most shoppers are out here trying to catch the best deals they can, one shopper reminds 25 News the reason of the season, and that's giving.

The generous shopper bought Reporter Jenise Rebholz a coffee and asked that we pay it forward, so we did just that.


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