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Businesses are making more money this year on Black Friday

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Businesses are making more money this year on Black Friday. Shoppers save a lot of money today, but businesses are still making more money than last year. Retail stores anticipated lots of money to be made from Black Friday and through the weekend.

We spoke with some store employees who say they've had the most customers this year. Fuego Manager Chelsea Martinez said "as you can see we're really really busy today. And our goal is $8,000."

Stores inside the mall knew Black Friday was going to bring in lots of customers. Some stores even tripled the number of people they hired for the holidays for the thousands of customers that showed up.

Manager Jenny Ackerman of Apricot Lane said the store was packed the second they opened the door. Ackerman says "there was probably like 75 people that came through. We called it the blob. It was just because lots of people that came through. So we've had a steady pace all day, its been terrific."

Columbia Center Mall General Manager Barbara Johnson said the number of people who visited the mall is a significant increase from last year. Johnson said "I think just again because of the sheer magnitude of all the stores opening at midnight really helped get people here to shop."

Stores also ordered a bigger variety of merchandise for customers, to be ready for holiday shoppers. Most stores did not want to disclose the dollar amount of money they received from customers on Friday. When we asked several shoppers about how much they planned on spending this year, most agreed they would stay within the same spending budget as the previous holiday season.