Local shoppers show up early for Black Friday deals

Published: Nov. 25, 2022 at 8:53 AM EST
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EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - It’s Black Friday, and some shoppers tried to beat the rush and cash in on the big deals early.

Some stores like Best Buy and Kohl’s, opened at 5 a.m., but most opened their doors at 6 a.m.

Hundreds of people were out at the Augusta Mall Friday where a ton of stores were offering Black Friday sales.

From Dillard’s to JCPenney, Macy’s and the Apple Store, but the mall isn’t the only place to find good deals.

Shoppers braved the rainy weather on Friday morning, lining up around Academy Sports and other major retailers in our area.

“Just coming in to all the stores today to see what kind of deals they got,” said Cody Shearer, shopper.

Sales and savings were not the only door busters this Black Friday.

When Academy Sports in Evans opened its doors, there was a line waiting to get inside and get some of those holiday deals!

We spoke to shoppers in line, and some of them were looking for specific items, while others were seeing what they could find.

Simon Bradford, shopper, said: ”I’m trying to get a grunt call for bucks because I’m an avid deer hunter. I know my buddy is trying to get a duck decoy, but you know I don’t fool with duck hunting.”

The store operator for Academy said they are excited to see a good turnout of customers getting a head start on holiday deals.

Sean Reck, store director of Academy Sports, said: “Even with the rain, it’s been very good. So, we’ve been excited to see all the customers.”

Reck said they had been training their staff in preparation for Black Friday customers and every shopper we talked to said they stayed up all night, so they’d be ready to go out.

Shearer said: “I have been up all night long, so I went over to my friends house, went to Waffle House, got me a little bite to eat and I just been riding around just seeing what kind of stores we got open. Seeing what line I was getting into first.”

We also went to Cabela’s in Augusta, where one guy in line says he stayed up all night in hopes of getting serious savings this holiday season.

Bradford said: “Good deals! You gotta get the good deals while you can. Everything is so expensive these days. You gotta get deals while you can.”