ARDMORE, OK -- Up to 152 million shoppers will hit the stores this Black Friday weekend. The National Retail Federation says that is a ten percent increase from last year's 138 million. Kristen Shanahan talked with Texoma businesses and shoppers to see how they are preparing for the crowds.
Beginning Thanksgiving night people all over Texoma will be camping out in front of stores in hopes of being one of the first let in the doors, and as most experienced Black Friday shoppers and store managers know there is a lot to prepare for.
Beverly Chancellor knows how to avoid the chaos of Black Friday. She has already made a list of what she wants and says being organized is the key to beating the crowds.
"Like a madhouse. Seriously, because people are just bumper to bumper," Chancellor said.
Many stores are opening even earlier this year, and Chancellor says she will not be getting a wink of sleep until she has made her list and checked it twice, but other shoppers say there is an even better way to avoid the crowds. Angel Smith does all her holiday shopping online.
"I can sit at home in my pajamas and not have to get out in the cold and fight everybody else," Smith said.
Even though online shopping is to be a popular alternative the NRF reports that 74 million people say they will definitely hit the stores. That is why Larry Cassady with Sears says he and his staff spend the whole week preparing.
"It's one of our biggest days. If not our biggest day of the year. So that's why we call it black friday to get us back in the green again," Cassady said.
If you are one of the determined Black Friday bargain hunters store managers and customers alike have some tips to make your adventure easier.
"Customers should get all of their fliers and prepare," Cassady said.
"Take somebody with you, and make sure your purse is where you can hang onto it where nobody can get it," Chancellor said.
"Make a list, plan ahead, know what stops you're going to make first. Make some coffee if you need coffee," Smith said.
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