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Black Friday shoppers weigh-in on crowds, deals

Shoppers heading into Longview Mall shortly after it opens on Black Friday(Source: KLTV News Staff). Shoppers heading into Longview Mall shortly after it opens on Black Friday(Source: KLTV News Staff).
Crowds inside the Longview Mall looking for deals on Black Friday. (Source: KLTV News Staff). Crowds inside the Longview Mall looking for deals on Black Friday. (Source: KLTV News Staff).
Sales signs outside one shop in the Longview Mall (Source: KLTV News Staff). Sales signs outside one shop in the Longview Mall (Source: KLTV News Staff).
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

Shoppers in Longview were forming lines before the mall gates even lifted Friday morning.

On one of the biggest shopping days of the year, East Texans did not waste time as the stores opened at 6 a.m. in some spots.

"I didn't want to come out so early, my daughter did," shopper Jennifer Centers said.

Shoppers were quickly filling bags and keeping an eye out looking for deals. It's a tradition for some that's been put on hold a while. Some of the veteran Black Friday-goers explained the foot traffic is average this year. 

"(I'm) very surprised that it's not very crowded and it's really easy and really enjoyable," Centers said.

The parking lot was different story with shoppers swooping into spots. But what were they after?

"Clothes!" shoppers Sherese Hurd and Anita Copeland said in unison.

Also, shoes, video games and anything with a sale sticker, while others were still trying to make up their minds.

"(I'm) just kind of getting ideas for what I do want," shopper Chris Baggs said.

Either way, it was a lot of shopping that does not look like it will end in just one day.

 "It's going to be a process," shopper Caitlyn Morrison said.

Most stores, including both Longview and Tyler malls, will close at 10 p.m. Friday.

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