'Black Friday' Still Busiest Shopping Day

Posted November 21, 2007
Updated November 22, 2007

— The growing popularity of online shopping won't stop millions of consumers from standing in pre-dawn lines Friday as they seek out holiday bargains.

That's according to a new annual study from MasterCard Worldwide.

Every year, MasterCard analyzes the transaction data from the previous holiday shopping season that is processed at its data center in suburban St. Louis.

The data show that the Friday after Thanksgiving, called "Black Friday" in the retail industry, still remains the busiest shopping day for gift-oriented items like clothing, electronics and appliances.

But the study says Internet sales are growing. About 69 percent of shoppers expect to do at least some of their shopping online this year.

Area shopping malls open early this Friday:

Crabtree Valley Mall, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Triangle Town Center, 7a.m. - 10 p.m.

Cary Town Center, 7a.m. - 10 p.m.

Streets of Southpoint, 5 a.m. -10 p.m.

Northgate Mall, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Cross Creek Mall, 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.


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  • melmika Nov 21, 2007

    I wish stores like Wal Mart and Target would set up video cameras around their stores so everyone can see these shoppers acting like spoiled brats trying to get cheap deals. One manager at a Walmart almost got stampeded from customers rushing the door to fist fights over kids toys were just a few stories from last year.

    I wonder what these 'grown role model' adults will do this year.

  • Nancy Nov 21, 2007

    I do my shopping online for the most part, have for years and it's been a pleasure.

    I do have one store I need to go to Friday morning, but that's for fabric to make things, not really gift shopping. Other than that, I'm home :)

  • Just WhiskeyKel Nov 21, 2007

    I'll be hunting

  • hdwilson56 Nov 21, 2007

    whatelseisnew.... do you know really which one you are going to do?? Family or strip some paint!!

    I do agree the stores should consider giving thier employees a break on special holidays ie; Christmas and Thanksgiving. I've been on both ends and think the values we have left behind has changed our culture. I say bring back saying a prayer in school, the pledge of allegiance, and remember who allowed us these things in the first place!! GOD, our for-fathers and the brave men and women in our military!! Let's remember these above even ourselves.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 21, 2007


    Midnight on Thanksgiving? Wow. One of the things that I intentionally do is, I do not go to any store during a Holiday. If enough of us did that the retailers would start closing on the holidays and give their workers a break. So I will be home all day Thanksgiving enjoying a wonderful meal with my family and extended family. I hope many others can do the same.

  • pinklady-1 Nov 21, 2007

    a lot of the outlet stores in smithfield will be opening at midnight Thanksgiving night...

  • oldrebel Nov 21, 2007

    Spend, consume, waste. It's the American Dream.

  • ANYWHO Nov 21, 2007

    am sure all the southside durhamites or i should say all of durham cant wait for this day when the cash registers will be full.

  • Tarheel Army Mom Nov 21, 2007

    Interfers with my sleeping time...

  • whatelseisnew Nov 21, 2007

    Not me; I will be home stripping wallpaper.