Main roads were congested and parking lots heavily occupied as locals sought out Black Friday deals.
Inside Kohl’s in Elizabethtown Friday morning, lines stretched nearly halfway across the store as shoppers clung to their discounted items.
Terri Wathen and her niece Amber Metcalf, of Bardstown, were shopping at the store Friday morning while sporting Christmas sweaters. They also were joined by Wathen’s sisters and mother.
Black Friday shopping is a tradition for the family that goes back more than two decades, Wathen said.
“We were doing it before (Metcalf) was able to do it,” she said.
Metcalf said Kohl’s was the first stop of the day for the family. She said they also planned on hitting the Mall Park Shopping Center, Target and Towne Mall.
Although Black Friday deals typically are solely associated with the day after Thanksgiving, many department stores have shifted toward a week-long sales model, according to Josh Dawson, tech supervisor at Best Buy in Elizabethtown. He said dispersing the sales throughout the week has been beneficial.
“Whenever I first started doing these, we had lines backed up to Bed Bath and Beyond with hundreds of people,” he said. “They trickle in throughout the week now.”
Outside of Best Buy Friday morning, local food truck Kat’s Mobile Kitchen was set up to capitalize on the increase in foot traffic. Dawson said the store typically is most busy during the evening when it comes to Black Friday sales.
“Normally whenever people are done eating dinner they want to go out and do some Christmas shopping,” he said.
Those participating in storefront charity solicitation also benefited from Black Friday. James Hardy was ringing a bell outside of Walmart in Radcliff to collect donations for the Salvation Army. Setting up at 10 a.m., Hardy said the store received steady foot traffic throughout the day but was not chaotic.
“It’s a steady flow but it’s not really packed,” he said. “But it’s very good. The giving is just outstanding.”
Although Black Friday often is associated with pandemonium, Dawson said most local customers were respectful of the fact employees work long hours away from their families for the occasion.
“The customers who come in and realize that, I really do appreciate that,” he said.