With so many stores now open on Thanksgiving Day, many are wondering if orange Thursday has taken over Black Friday. So without much complaint, On Your Sides Lauren Johnson decided to go check Black Friday shopping out.
It's really really good, it’s like a melted chocolate bar,” said Jacob Carter, Owner of Cucicias eatery at The Village at Meridian, about his Italian hot chocolate.
Carter is a father of two, and has been opened for two years now at the busy shopping center, after starting his business with a food truck. He says Black Friday, although still good business, isn’t what it used to be.
“I don’t know if Black Friday exists anymore, because people open the night before, and they have a sale going on all week,” said Carter.
But Tanika Crawford, a manager at Lion Head’s kiosk says she’s surprised it’s been so busy despite the cold weather.
"A little bit less than last year, but I still think it's alive. People are going to shop no matter what,” said Tanika.
There were definitely a lot of shoppers at The Village at Meridian on Friday.
The General Manager, Hugh Crawford, tells Lauren Johnson that sales are up, although it’s been split between Thursday and Friday shopping.
"We had stores that opened yesterday, and continued through to today, we had great lines starting at Gordmans and Marshalls yesterday, and then this morning we had a long line of about 60 people outside of Victoria Secret, and another 40 to 50 people waiting for H&M. Fashion retailers at The Village at Meridian are doing fantastic today,” said Hugh.
One big jump—Hugh said that the movie theater has seen an almost 40 percent increase in sales this Thanksgiving holiday than last.