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Black Friday shoppers bring crowds to Eau Claire


Eau Claire (WQOW)- The day after Thanksgiving has everyone buzzing about Black Friday deals, and a lot of stores around Eau Claire were buzzing with shoppers.

Black Friday is usually only celebrated one way, and retailer managers around Eau Claire said the trend hasn't died down.

"I wasn't disappointed by any means this morning, we had people wrapped around the building and around the corner," said Menards General Manager Dustin Turk.

"I've worked at this store for three years now, and this, out of all three years, has been by far the biggest as far as our line outside.  Our line was the longest I've seen it," said Target Executive Team Leader of Logistics Whitney Rawdon.

Target staff said a lot of the items filling carts were geared toward a younger crowd, like Hatchimals and Nintendo.

"That thing has just been crazy once we get it on the shelf.  We actually got a few in last night, so literally once we put them on the shelf they were just gone instantly," said Rawdon.

Next door at Menards, shoppers were sweeping other items of the shelf, like kitchen appliances and clothing.

"For us this morning the non-stick copper pan went immediately.  We also had a nostalgic Atari type game that went immediately," said Turk.

This year may stores too the Doorbusters to cyberspace, so instead of fighting the flocks of Friday shoppers, those same deals can be found right at home.  But retailers said Friday that hasn't kept away the crowds.

"I've seen just as good of crowds this year as years past, and actually had just as many people in here it seems.  I think it just gives people a little bit more variety to shop, more or less.  There was still a lot of family tradition in here this morning I saw," Turk said.

For retail's biggest day of the year, many of those behind the counter said they're still ready for the holiday hustle.

"As much as it kind of seems weird, it's super exciting for us because we're just trying to have fun and help guests, and help people find gifts that they can give to people.  It feels good to be able to work," Rawdon said.

When Black Friday comes to a close, a lot of these retailers are continuing the celebration of spending through the rest of the weekend and in to Cyber Monday.  Target said a special surprise sale will start Saturday.

Also on Saturday, the deals will continue on the local level with Small Business Saturday.

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