From Hamburg Pavillion in east Lexington to Fayette Mall and Toys R Us in the south, the story was much the same. Shoppers said the crowds weren’t bad and the deals made it worth venturing out on Black Friday.
Jessica Robinson of Berea said she saved $120 by going to Toys “R” Us on Black Friday.
“Everything was at least half-off. It was totally worth it,” Robinson said. She said her fellow shoppers were well-behaved.
“People were pretty decent. We didn’t get pushed or anything.”
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Shoppers said they didn’t have to stand in long lines Friday morning to get great buys at Fayette Mall off Nicholasville Road. Just a few years ago, the center was typically packed for the Friday after Thanksgiving sales. But many retailers have been starting sales on Thanksgiving Day or earlier.
Angela Price and Katrina Morris from Richmond got to Fayette Mall around 5:30 a.m. Friday.
“We’ve had a ball,” said Price. “It was great, in and out.”
Morris, who shops at Fayette Mall a lot, told Price that “it was slower this morning than it was on a regular shopping day.”
They were looking for clothes and items for kids.
“We were looking for deals and that’s what we got,” Price said.
Between them, they think they saved $300.
Jody Patterson and Carla Miller arrived at Fayette Mall shortly before 8 a.m.
“What I found was what I was looking for,” said Miller. “It was pretty much worth coming out for that.”
We were looking for deals and that’s what we got.
Angela Price, Richmond
Patterson said she saved $100.
As for the crowds, Patterson said, “It wasn’t bad. This Black Friday was nothing compared to what we’ve been through at times.”
Customers did encounter some lines and a bit more wait at Toys “R” Us, also on Nicholasville Road, and at Best Buy in Hamburg, perhaps in a sign of high demand for toys and electronics.
At Toys “R” Us Friday morning, Debbie Martin of Lexington bought a baby doll for half-price. She said she started her shopping at other stores Thursday night, when the crowds were heavier and the prices even lower.
Amy Brady from Paris was at Best Buy in Hamburg about 9 a.m. Friday looking for deals and sales while her son Connor Brady, 17, was just “ looking for fun stuff to get.” Amy Brady said she ended up saving almost $100 on a tablet.
Though business was brisk, Black Friday at the Kentucky for Kentucky Fun Mall on Bryan Avenue in Lexington had a different feel from the scene at the big retailers, The shop in a warehouse near North Limestone Street was selling Kentucky-inspired products that included “Southern Socks” with the shape of the state on them —buy three and you got the fourth free. Grilled cheese sandwiches were available.
And Kentucky for Kentucky Fun Mall partner Griffin VanMeter offered free Kentucky shaped doughnuts made by North Lime Coffee and Donuts.
In return, people were asked to donate to The NoLi Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization working to help Lexington’s North Limestone corridor with everything from affordable housing to a cultural plan for the neighborhood.
“Hopefully, this is kind of a fun experience for people,” VanMeter said.