Augusta Shoppers Out Early To Hunt For Black Friday Bargains

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Shoppers in Augusta got an early start on their holiday gift lists Friday morning — others were at area stores as early as Thursday night.

Target is one of several stores that opted to open on Thanksgiving Day. Still, early Friday morning the parking lot was half-way full by 4:30 a.m.

Shoppers are expected to spend about 25 percent more than during 2014’s Christmas season — about $369 per person, according to a recent study. Even so, some experts predict that in-store shopping will be on the decline – down 2 percent from last year – due to the rise in online shopping and “Cyber Monday” deals.

According to the National Retail Federation- Americans will spend $130 on self-gifting this Christmas season, that’s up a few dollars from last year.

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