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Thanksgiving Sales Successful, Black Friday Shoppers Loyal

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Thanksgiving fell a week later than usual this year and stores are taking extra steps to make this weekend a success. Thanksgiving fell a week later than usual this year and stores are taking extra steps to make this weekend a success.

KENNEWICK, WA-- Thanksgiving fell a week later than usual this year and stores are taking extra steps to make this weekend a success.

Lots of people did take advantage of Thanksgiving night sales so foot traffic was a little slower Friday morning, but it was still been a consistent stream of people picking up gifts Friday.

Stores say they expect successful Black Friday sales and a great weekend in profits.

Black Friday lives on as one of the biggest shopping days of the year even if Thanksgiving night sales won over some of the shoppers.

Customers know if they didn't make it out last night there's always Black Friday to count on.

"Spending time with family and then I'm like, oh well, I missed out on that chance. That's why I came out today to redeem myself," said Brandon Armstrong, shopper.

"I think there's some good, good specials going on and I'm sure there are still even after the pre-Black Friday sales there's still some really good sales going on," said Clarissa Jimenez, shopper.

Black Friday's place on the calendar, one week later than usual, is pressing stores to give shoppers every incentive to spend their dollars this weekend.

"We're open twenty-six hours straight and so we're just trying to extend the shopping season as much as we can," said Jordan Youngs, Columbia Center Mall spokesperson.

"Every single day of the weekend there's a good deal for the customer to come in and save. Obviously, Black Friday is the prime day to shop and that's when we're going to give the biggest discounts. But there's still incentives for the customer to come Saturday and Sunday," said Claire Clark, Old Navy manager.

Clark says the store is ahead in sales for Black Friday.

Black Friday also still wins over buyers who enjoy the tradition of family holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving.

"Everybody kind of has their Christmas lists already and then everybody has their shopping buddy and so then we're kind of going around seeing how much stuff we can get. Try to hide it in your car so when you get home no one know what you're getting for Christmas," said Emily Jepson, shopper.

Stores are happy with the success of Thanksgiving sales and the traditional Black Friday buyers.

Many stores are continuing big savings through the weekend to keep the shopping momentum going.

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