ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Not even a chilly, windy day can keep shoppers at home. The Black Friday shopping craze is on but it’s a little quieter than years past.
Beginning at 5 Friday morning, the mall looked like a ghost town and it wasn’t until close to 10:00 that the crowds started picking up.
At Coronado Center a number of workers said they came in as early as midnight to work an actual Black Friday shift, but even at that, the crowds were nowhere near what they were in years past.
According to a story from CBS News, nationwide, more than 135 million people plan to do holiday shopping this entire weekend.
Of course Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving night at some big box stores. So while most people were hanging out with family or lying on the couch watching football shoppers were already hitting places like Toys R Us, Target and Best Buy.
But later in the day the crowds at Coronado picked up, with many people saying it took them a long time to park and check out at store registers.
This is only the beginning for the shopping season. The next biggest day on the agenda will be Saturday for Small Business Saturday, then its Cyber Monday for people shopping online from work. Some financial analysts estimate that holiday shoppers will spend $3 billion on Cyber Monday alone.