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Posted: Friday, November 24th, 2006 12:43 PM HST

Hilo holiday shopping kicks off with big crowds

By Ken Hupp - 67AM KPUA News

Holiday shoppers turned out in droves Friday morning at Hilo’s two major shopping locations. The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday marks the official start of the holiday shopping season and shoppers were waiting in line when merchants opened their doors.

Hilo Walmart Manager Terry Crowley told KPUA News that employees were greeted by a big rush of customers when the store opened at 5:00 a.m., instead of its customary 6:00 a.m. opening.

“We’re doing well,” Crowley said. “We’re seeing about the same level of activity we see every year at this time, and there’s a lot of happy customers right now.”

Crowley said it looks like a good holiday shopping season is shaping up.


Photo by Randy Botti

At nearby Prince Kuhio Plaza, Manager Glen Manaba arrived at 4:00 a.m. to prepare for the annual ‘door buster’ extravaganza, broadcast live on B97 FM. Shoppers in search of holiday bargains, also flocked to the center for their opportunity to win a $1000 shopping spree. Some, began showing up Thursday evening.

“We had a huge line starting at the food court entrance, and winding all the way around to Sears,” Manaba told B97 Morning host D.C.

The shopping spree, in the form of a gift card was won by Maylyn Guyer, who said she was looking forward to purchasing gifts for her sons.


Photo by Randy Botti

All year long hard-core shoppers look forward to Black Friday, when retailers open their doors to crowds looking for the best deals, discounts and must-haves they can find. The day after Thanksgiving has been cemented into American culture as an annual retail-ritual that continues to attract more and more people willing to give-up a good nights sleep for deep-discounts and 'door buster' offers.

(Copyright 2006 New West Broadcasting -- KPUA.net)



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