BANGOR – Thousands flocked to the Bangor Mall this black Friday to score some sweet deals, but store owners say this the only beginning.
The holiday season is upon us. A sea of shopping bags flooding the Bangor Mall starting with the black Friday rush, stores opening late Thursday morning, running through Friday night.
As customers out-muscle each other for the early bird deals, many store employers are in survival mode.
“Oh I’m surviving. I think we’re on our 27th, 28th with no sleep but it’s all worth it,” said Olympia Sports’ Bill Swift.
He says that the store has been going strong since 11:30 p.m., Thursday – fighting off the onslaught of deal-seeking customers fueled by a healthy dose of coffee.
But while holiday shoppers slowed around 9 a.m., traffic picked up later in the day. While stores may have survived the black Friday frenzy, many are expecting a steady stream of customers leading up to the major holidays.
“I think it’s kind of condensed this year, some smaller weekends left as compared to last year so I think the weekends are going to be very good, but we’ll have a lot of things going on during the week as well,” said Swift.