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Oklahoma shoppers get out early for Black Friday bargains

Scores of people were seen leaving stores with big bags full of merchandise on Black Friday in the greater Oklahoma City area as bargain hunters hit retailers that were offering deep discounts.
BY KEVAN GOFF-PARKER Published: November 23, 2012

You know it's been a good holiday shopping morning when scads of people are leaving stores carrying big bags full of merchandise at 6:30 a.m. That was the scene on Black Friday in the greater Oklahoma City area as bargain hunters hit retailers that were offering deep discounts.

Husband-and-wife team Jeff and Stephanie Flowers, of Sulphur, had just walked out the doors at Penn Square Mall about 6:30 a.m. with plenty of bags of clothes on their way to buy tools at Sears in Norman.

“We left for Oklahoma City at 11 p.m. yesterday, and we haven't been to bed,” Stephanie Flowers said. “We've also been to Quail Springs Mall and Dick's Sporting Goods.”

Penn Square Mall Director of Marketing Mis Gaston said that between 500 and 900 people were lined up Thursday night at the mall's various entryways when they opened at midnight. She was just catching her breath after working from 10:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving until about 7 a.m. Friday.

“We call this (time) the calm before the storm,” Gaston said.

“I would say it was three times busier this year than last year, but our retailers know how it is done, and they are very prepared. I'm not tired yet because of the excitement of Black Friday.”

At the outlet mall ...

Later in the morning, Tonya Anderson and her daughter, Latoya Anderson, said they braved Thursday's long lines at Walmart and other stores but were happy for the short lines at The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City's Coach store.

“At Walmart, they had the big TVs on sale at 10 p.m., and people had to wait for a long time, and often others had grabbed up the deals, but overall we got a good amount of shopping done,” Tonya Anderson said.

Norma Creech, 62, of Moore, said she was delighted to have found a special shirt at the outlet mall's Disney Store.

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