by Amie Sites
People in line at the Walmart electronics counter early Friday pushed shopping carts laden with items ranging from children’s toys and electronics to vacuum cleaners and cooking items. No one seemed to notice or be bothered it was only 5 a.m.
Cindy Coe, Logansport, was one of the people in line early Friday. She also shopped Thanksgiving evening. Some stores, like Walmart, opened earlier than Black Friday this year. Walmart had sales going on at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Coe was at Walmart for both events and purchased a television, cooking set and a Dyson vacuum cleaner.
“I’ve wanted to get these items for a while and now they’re on sale for great prices,” Coe said. “It’s a great deal.”
John Henry, like Coe, said he was also at the sale on Thursday evening.
“It’s calm now compared to Thanksgiving night,” Henry said early Friday.
Henry, a Logansport resident who has shopped on Black Friday before, said he bought a gun safe and a canister set this year.
Other stores in town, including McCord’s Do-it Best Lumber and Hardware and JC Penney, had crowds Friday morning. Both opened their doors at 6 a.m.
JC Penney store leader Joe Mendenhall Jr. said items marked down for Black Friday included children’s pajama pants or tops, some kitchen electric items, men’s dress shirts and women’s boots.
“While we know that many of our competitors are opening on Thanksgiving, we want to honor the American tradition of Thanksgiving by giving our customers and team members the opportunity to spend the special day with family and friends,” Mendenhall said.
Jennifer True, Logansport, was at JC Penney when the store opened at 6 a.m. on Friday.
“I don’t like crowds, but decided to come for good sales,” True said.
True said she had picked out a gift for her daughter and was looking at other items.
Mike McCord of McCord’s Do-it Best said his store had a good turnout for Black Friday.
“We had a little more traffic last year because places are now opening the night before and people are getting some stuff ahead of time, but it was steady all morning,” McCord said.
McCord said the RadioShack inside McCord’s stayed busy because people were able to get deals on technology items.
McCord commented on stores opening earlier than Black Friday and said information on sales is being leaked earlier in the week and on the Internet.
“I like the idea of Black Friday morning myself,” McCord said. “I understand every retailer is trying to grab another dollar, but I like the mad rush of people the day creates.”
Connie Neininger, new president of the Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Foundation, said she thought Black Friday was an opportunity to shop in Logansport.
“I think Black Friday is a great day for people to shop locally and find what they need here,” Neininger said. “It’s a great way to give and help local businesses thrive.”
Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.