Black Friday shoppers flock to Chapel Hills Mall


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After eating that turkey dinner, many of us want to lie down and go to bed for the night, but some skip the snooze and head to the shops instead.

That was the reality Friday for several hundred shoppers at Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs.

Some are worried the shopping extravaganza will lessen in popularity because of online shopping, but the National Retail Federation says differently, saying this year more than 115 million shoppers showed up for Black Friday deals.

“I always carry all the bags,” Tim Gaffney, who went Black Friday shopping with his wife for the first time, said. “It’s really good for my chiropractor, because then he makes a living over the holidays.”

“We’ve gotten dirty looks from lots of people,” said Madalin Autry, who went shopping with her friend.

Madalin said while the looks weren’t nice, the deals she got before others made it all worth it.

Many said with all the fun Black Friday shopping brings, they just hope it sticks around.

“I have to feel things and I like to see the colors and it’s just more fun to do that in person,” said Beth Gaffney.

While some just love the thrill of Black Friday shopping, the National Retail Federation says nearly a quarter of all shoppers do it because of family tradition.

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