BANGOR – The Christmas shopping season has officially arrived. Today area retailers welcomed thousands of shoppers to their stores for all the Black Friday deals.
Thoughts of Thanksgiving turkey might still be fresh on our minds, but Christmas time is right around the corner. Shoppers in Bangor came out in large numbers on Black Friday, battling the bitter cold.
“Of course weather affects things as far as the big lines outside, but as soon as we opened the doors customers popped right in,” said Best Buy Bangor General Manager Tony Avila.
Some stores opened as early as Thanksgiving night, with many more opening Friday morning. Many families make the day of shopping a tradition.
“It’s just a fun family thing to do,” said shopper Lisa St. Syr.
“My wife and kids are up here shopping and so my big job is to go stand in line when they shop and hold the space in the check out line and it makes things a little faster,” said shopper Chris Sprague.
Preparation for the big day happens way ahead of time for many businesses.
“Months in advance we’re getting ready and outlining our maps and where stuff is going to go and our corporate teams do a fantastic job of making sure we got tons of product in and lots of stuff available,” said Avila.
Sales will continue Saturday for small businesses in the area. Those who would rather stay home can take advantage of Cyber Monday as well.