Stores opening on Thanksgiving slows Black Friday turnout

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – NewsChannel 15’s Chris Darby was on the scene at Jefferson Pointe where holiday shopping began for some people as early as Thursday evening. Traffic at the mall has been unexpectedly slow, likely due to stores opening on Thursday.

Some popular gifts include the Nintendo Classic, which sold out at GameStop Friday morning.

Darby also shared reminders from the Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) to help shoppers get through their day.

The FWPD reminded shoppers the following:

  • Don’t shop alone, bring a friend. An extra set of eyes may help you keep track of your belongings.
  • Make sure you park in a well-lit area.
  • Lock shopping bags in your trunk, make sure the doors are locked.
  • Avoid using cash, use cards and checks.

Jefferson Pointe officially opened at 6 a.m. Friday morning for Black Friday shoppers. However, some stores opened on Thursday evening, including Old Navy at 7 p.m. and Aeropostle and ULTA at 8 p.m. At midnight American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, and Game Stop opened their doors.