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Black Friday Shoppers Battle Crowds and Busy Parking Lots

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Stores are packed with people hunting for that perfect gift, but they are also hunting for a decent parking spot. The parking lot at the Hamilton Place Mall is a little less crowded Friday evening compared to earlier in morning where shoppers searched the lot for a good spot and searched the stores for a good buy.

The parking lot at the Hamilton Place Mall is a sea of cars and shoppers looking to snag the perfect holiday deal. Battling the crowds for many on Black Friday has its own strategy. For some-- finding a decent parking spot is a victory in its own.

“30 minutes, yea it took us 30 minutes to find a spot,” said one shopper, Brittany Streck.

“Right now it just took us 15 minutes but before in the morning it took a couple hours,” said Sunny.

For some shoppers they held off on the price cuts and went for a therapeutic approach as loved ones shopped away. “I got a massage. I make sure I got my Zen in for my holiday shopping. It will make me feel better, think more clearly,” said Tom Ipes.

His tip for fighting traffic is a simple one, enjoy the fresh air while strolling through the busy lot. “We went straight towards the back, saw some spots were opened. So not long at all, took us two minutes, got here, and just weaved through traffic to get here.”

The mall will reopen Saturday at 8 A.M. for extended holiday shopping hours. Holiday shopping continues throughout the weekend for Small Business Saturday a time to help local small businesses thrive.

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