MOUNT VERNON — A light rain didn’t stop shoppers from catching Black Friday fever this morning in Mount Vernon. Numerous local retailers opened their doors earlier than normal to welcome the hoards of shoppers eager to gobble up the savings on the best deals of the season.
The Mount Vernon Kmart, located in Knox Village Square, opened at 5 this morning following two special door-buster events at 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday. Manager Chuck Nickson said the hot deals being offered today at Kmart are electronics, including flat-screen TVs, DVD and Blu-Ray players, tablets and CAD computers. Vouchers were being passed out for the limited supply on many of these popular items.
Arriving at Kmart around 6 a.m. was Melissa Armstrong. “I’ve come out for this just the last couple of years. I just like the good deals,” said Armstrong. “I’m really just looking around, hoping to get most of my Christmas shopping done today.”
“I have all my shopping done already,” said Rhonda Moran as she was leaving Kmart. “I do this every year with my mom, aunts and cousins. It’s a tradition. Everything is on sale.”
JCPenney at 1530 Coshocton Ave. opened its doors at 6 this morning. General manager Larry Holsten said that huge discounts are being offered on girls sleepwear separates, boys novelty sleep pants, men’s sleep pants and women’s sweaters. A 48-page flier was included in the News on Thursday detailing many holiday specials.
Getting her start at 3:30 this morning was Kathy Thomas. “I’m here for the deals. I’ve already saved a lot of money.” Thomas was standing in line when JCPenney opened its doors. “We’ve already been to Walmart, Sears and TSC. We came here to shop for clothes.”
Visiting family over the Thanksgiving weekend was Annette Barcus from Rhode Island. “We came here to get my mother-in-law a Crockpot,” said Barcus, stating that she expects today to be the best deals of the shopping season. She had already been to Staples and had started her shopping at 5 a.m.
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