Bleak economy can't keep Black Friday shoppers from hitting Mid-South malls - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Bleak economy can't keep Black Friday shoppers from hitting Mid-South malls

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Coffee and doughnuts greeted early morning shoppers at Oak Court Mall on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

While no one was waiting in line on Black Friday, mall officials said a sagging economy hasn't put much of a damper on the number of holiday shoppers.
 
"We've seen a steady increase in traffic for the past two weekends, so I definitely think we're going to see the traffic this weekend," said Oak Court Mall Marketing Director Susan Eads. 

Some store managers say "bad economy" is a bad term.

"I know there's a lot of speculation about a recession, but Banana Republic has chosen not to participate," said Joey McDaniel, who manages a Banana Republic store in the mall.

McDaniel said business has been pretty good. "We're having some customers ask questions, but a lot of customers are coming in, noticing the promotions and getting excited about it."

In the Wolfchase retail area, shoppers lined up early on Friday morning to get the best bargains.

At one point, lines stretched around the outside of the Target store on Germantown Parkway.

Many store owners are hoping to see an increase in sales from last year, hoping that big markdowns will encourage customers to spend more money as Christmas gets closer.

Said one shopper, "We're doing great with these sales. The deals are great...30, 40, 60 percent off...coupons from the newspaper."

No matter what the hot item is this year, shoppers say they're still willing to spend the time and money to make this Christmas a good one. 


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