JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBS 2/1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — After all the hype and all the ads, Black Friday kicked off with the bargain hungry lined up early to chase big sales at big-name retailers.
But the biggest shopping day of the year didn’t unfold without problems.
There was chaos and near calamity at a Target store in Buffalo after a man was trampled shortly after the doors were opened to customers.
Fortunately, he wasn’t seriously injured. He even rushed in to shop.
As for the tri-state area, the words of the day were “deals” and “crowded,” reports CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez.
1010 WINS’ Kathleen Maloney reports from Herald Square
WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports from Roosevelt Field Mall
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In every corner on every floor at the Newport Centre Mall there was a deal to be had for the holidays.
“It is a madhouse in here!” Parsippany resident Debbie Wilson told Sanchez.
As tradition goes on Black Friday shoppers were trying to save as much green as they could.
“I literally saved $75 more than I spent at JC Penny’s. This is awesome. I had a 15 percent coupon. Then we had a $15 off coupon and everything else was on sale,” said Malcolm Baptiste of Orange, N.J.
“I know the retail fed is saying that holiday sales are going to be better than last year. So we’re all hoping for that,” Newport Centre manager Denise Ipsen said.
Enid Almanzar was one of the hardcore Black Friday shoppers who made sure she didn’t miss out on any deal.
“I went to Toys R Us at midnight,” the Jersey City resident said. “Yes, I stood in line for 45 minutes just to get my son what he wanted from ‘Toy Story 3.’”
And Almanzar wasn’t the only eager customer out early. The doors opened at 9 p.m. Thursday at Woodbury Common. Stores were jam packed before dawn.
“This is our second load. We already emptied it. It’s all in the car,” shopper Wendy Bonnis told CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown.
“We went to Gap and Longchamps and Brighton, but, you know, it’s early,” Emily Hendrick added.
It is early and shoppers said they don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
“This is our first time coming on a Black Friday, so this was really an adventure for us,” shopper Debbie Wilson said.