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Black Friday: Area shoppers enjoy shared experience, deals

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By Sarah Bennett

After hitting Towne Mall at 6 Friday morning, Kim Hunt of Elizabethtown and her niece, Cindy Young of Beaver Creek, Ohio, took a coffee break around 8 a.m. at Barnes & Noble to celebrate the success of their Black Friday shopping.

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“We got some really great deals and got everything we we went after,” said Hunt, crediting their success to a shopping plan.

The two women arrived at the mall at 6 a.m., missed the early rush and caught the second wave of shoppers, she said.

Once they finished their coffee, Young said she and her aunt would start the second phase of their shopping at nearby stores including the Gap.

Nearby at Michaels, Hodgenville resident Karen Adkins was weaving her way through aisles of crafts and holiday decorations. She said she and her daughter, Crystal, left home at 4:30 a.m. The two women visited the mall and Staples before stopping at Michaels.

The annual Black Friday trip is a mother-daughter tradition that began when Crystal was a teenager, Adkins said.

While it’s an opportunity to catch some good sales, she said it also is an opportunity to have fun and spend quality time with her daughter.

“I’m not one to get in there and fight,” she said.

Kohl’s Manager Krista Shipley also said Black Friday is about more than the sales for shoppers.

“It’s more of the event of people shopping together,” she said.

When Shipley arrived at work at 10 p.m. Thursday, there were about 50 shoppers lined up outside and others waiting in parked cars. At nearby Best Buy, lines started to form early in the day as well.

By the time Kohl’s opened its doors at midnight, Shipley estimated there were nearly 800 shoppers waiting outside. The first few hours were hectic, she said, but the rest of the day continued with a steady flow.

From 10 p.m. Thursday until Kohl’s closed its doors Friday night, Shipley said 140 sales associates worked the floor assisting Black Friday shoppers.

At Walmart in Radcliff, which is a 24-hour operation, sales started at 10 p.m. and midnight, said Bradley Kendall, a sales associate in the electronics department.

“From what I heard, there was quite a bit of anxiety,” Kendall said.

Sara Young, a sales associate at Fashion Bug, has worked Black Friday for the last four years. She said Fashion Bug tends to get a steady flow of shoppers throughout the day and reaches its peak in the late morning after shoppers have rested.

Asked if Black Friday sales were worth the effort, Young said, “You can get some very good deals and save a lot of money.”

Shipley said shoppers could find some good deals on Black Friday, pointing to Kohl’s most popular items including toys, jewelry and electronics.

Vine Grove residents Jeanette Holeman and Sandy Hatton were among those shopping Friday at Kohl’s. Holeman said the two women began shopping at 7 a.m.

She said Kohl’s had the best deals of the day, and while they were Christmas shopping, they also were having fun and doing some personal shopping as well.

“When the babies aren’t with us, we can shop for ourselves,” Hatton said.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com