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

“I had bought this blouse at the Disney Store, and everyone bragged on it,” Creech said.

“It got lost during a trip to California when my bags went missing at the airport. I looked for it online and couldn't find it, but I found it here today.”

She said she shopped at the Target in Moore at 9 p.m. Thursday because she wanted to buy her grandson a gaming system.

“It was really crowded,” Creech said. “I didn't get out of there until after midnight, but the grandkids are worth it.”

At Quail Springs Mall ...

Quail Springs Mall's Hickory Farms Store Team Leader Ryan Heater was passing out samples to customers Friday afternoon and said he was grateful that he and his staff had Thanksgiving off because he ended up shopping at the Walmart and other stores in Newcastle.

“I enjoyed the day off yesterday,” Heater said.

“So far, we (Hickory Farms) are doing pretty good, and looking at our numbers, we've had about 1,300 transactions. We are where we want to be, and we're all about giving samples of the product that sells itself.”

During Black Friday's early afternoon hours at Quail Springs Mall, people often stood in lines to buy lunch or a snack. The food court was packed with families.

Not far away, Edmond father and son, Jeff and Zach Lampe, were taking it easy, although Jeff Lampe admitted he'd shopped earlier at the “very busy” Walmart and Target in Edmond and at Office Depot, where only about 10 to 15 people were in line before the store opened Friday.

“We slept in a bit this morning and didn't get out too early,” Jeff Lampe said, “but I was surprised by the light line at Office Depot. I'm not looking for a whole lot today.”

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