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Black Friday 2021: South Jersey shoppers gear up for holiday sales and flights

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CHERRY HILL, New Jersey (WPVI) – Bigger crowds are expected this Black Friday.

There were queues outside the Cherry Hill Mall on Friday morning before it opened as shoppers looked to close deals.

A thirst for bargains, a loud wake-up call, and the ability to improvise are all keys to shopping success.

“Where we end up is where we go,” said William Braxton of Atlantic City.

“We stood outside and waited for the doors to open, and we realized Nordstrom wasn’t open, so we had to go around and make sure to get in at exactly 6 a.m.,” said Michelle Lena from the Pine Valley section of Philadelphia. .

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Reenie and Michelle had their arms full of bags. Reenie Boyle wasn’t sure Black Friday was really a money-saver for her, in the end.

“I think I’m spending more money to be honest with you. I don’t know if I’m saving a lot,” Boyle remarked.

Foot traffic has already increased in recent days in the mall, as retailers began offering deals earlier this month to limit in-person crowds.

Many buyers jumped at the bargains, concerned about supply chain issues and shipping delays.

“The National Retail Federation says they think sales will increase 8-10%, and we think our mall is going to evolve that way as well,” said Lisa Wolstromer of Cherry Hill Mall.

In addition to the usual stores, local businesses have pop-ups.

Brandyn Ross, 13, of Mount Airy, is CEO of “Studying Never Stops,” which sells t-shirts, hats and more.

“It’s been very busy. We’ve already had a lot of sales,” Ross said.

Nearby at Cherry Hill Best Buy, a line started to form before the doors opened at 5 a.m.

For some, the early morning is about both tradition and good business.

“I’m going to buy a laptop,” said Cheryl Lieber of Atco.

Jon Yearly from Medford has arrived with his sons. It was certainly early, but he admitted he enjoyed the experience.

“I love the wit, but there is a thing called online shopping,” Yearly said.

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