Shoppers pour in to Tri-Cities retailers on Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Bass Pro Shops, Black Friday

TRI-CITIES, TN (WJHL)- Some shoppers are finally winding down after shopping since Thanksgiving evening.

On Black Friday, News Channel 11 went across the Tri-Cities talking to shoppers about why they join millions of Americans in braving the crowds to catch some deals.

By the time we talked with Jen Mowdy shopping at the Mall At Johnson City on Friday morning, she had already been to Walmart, Belk, Big Lots, and K-Mart.

Everyone we talked with had their own reason to hunt. “Great deals on games and the PS4,” Christine Heron said outside of Game Stop at the Mall at Johnson City.

“Looking for some gifts for the nephews,” Eddie Adams said at Bass Pro Shops in Bristol, TN.

While some say Black Friday takes away from family time, Mowdy said for her, it’s a staple family affair.

“Honestly I didn’t really come for anything in particular my family just always does it, it’s just tradition,” Mowdy said.

She said she and her family have been Black Friday shopping together for the past ten years. And her family isn’t the only one that has a Black Friday tradition. “Every year,” Adams said.

Adams and his wife drive an hour and a half to go shop at the Pinnacle in Bristol. “Trying to find some deals, supposed to be sales on today and I enjoy coming up here shopping,” Adams said.

“We opened up at 5 a.m. this morning, we had a line out there in the parking lot way past the restaurant we handed out hot chocolate and donuts and coffee and it’s just been really busy,” Bass Pro Shops Events Coordinator Kathy Booher said.

Booher said 1,000 people were waiting in line when Bass Pro Shops in Bristol opened this morning.

Experts predict more than 137 million Americans will shop for deals this weekend, most of them, on Friday. The National Retail Federation estimates the average American will spend about 589 dollars on gifts this season.

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