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Black Friday shoppers come in waves at Tanger Outlets
BARSTOW • Shoppers filled select stores at the Tanger Outlet Center on Friday morning for the holiday shopping day known as the biggest of the year.
While approximately 75 people waited in a thick line to purchase items at Old Navy, other outlet stores were slower and still waiting for the day’s rush to hit.
A set of parents from Victorville, Troy Hall and his wife, left Old Navy with two five-gallon-sized shopping bags full of clothing and said they were shopping for Christmas gifts for their children. In their hands were essential items for winter: sweaters, scarves and jeans.
“It was great. We came to get all of the good sales and we got some good deals,” Hall said.
The line at Old Navy wrapped long around the length of the outlet store and one worker was employed just to help put waiting customers at ease.
“I’m here to keep people happy and entertained while they wait in line,” worker Tracy Wain said. For the duration of the early morning that began at 6 a.m. she passed out $1 to $5 off coupons after making shoppers dance or sing to holiday tunes.
A shopper from Los Angeles, Lunye Bynum, sang Jingle Bells to get her $2 off coupon and said she was on her way to Las Vegas but left early to shop at the outlets in Barstow.
“It’s kind of funny. It only took us 20 minutes to shop and one hour in line,” she said.
Although many appeared satisfied with the prices at Old Navy, a few shoppers at higher-end outlets said they weren’t impressed by the deals, mostly consisting of a 40 percent discount on store merchandise.
“I haven’t found anything yet,” Jubie Chen of Los Angeles said. “The deals are not as good as I thought.”
The Tanger Outlet Center in Barstow is scheduled for after-Thanksgiving sales until Monday, according to a press release. And in stores where shoppers were dwindling, workers said they expected the rush to come later on Black Friday.
“I would say we’ll get a hit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” Celeste Young at the Coach Outlet said.
One assistant store manager attributed a changing economy and said business was slower than years previous.
“It’s been kind of steady, not anything crazy,” she said. “Black Friday was a lot busier last year.”