Meridian, Miss. Black Friday is usually the busiest, most hectic, and most frantic shopping day of the year.
However, business seemed slow at Bonita Lakes Mall and the Meridian Crossroads on Friday. Some of the employees agree that things were a bit slower to start the day, but picked up as the day went on. Some stores, like Best Buy, were booming with business, while others like Sports Zone say that business was booming Thursday night.
"I came in at 4am and its been slower than usual," Sports Zone employee Brooke Dew said. "Last night it was really busy from 8 to midnight. They said there was a ton of people in here and then it just died out. I guess everyone went home and took naps or something."
She says that business is slow now most likely because the store opened its doors Thursday night for business. She says last year was very different on Black Friday.
"It was much busier last year," Dew pointed out. "I worked from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and there were lines just out the door of people wanting to check out. I think a lot of people got it out of the way last night so they could sleep in today."
Many mall employees started their day at 4 a.m. and some even started working at 8 p.m. Thursday night. With so much hard work on Black Friday, surely the employees would be eager to get in on the great deals when their shifts end.
"I haven't had a chance to go shopping yet, but I plan to once i get off work," Ana Vega said.
The National Retail Federation is estimating about $602 billion will be spent by holiday shoppers this year in the United States.