In spite of reports that internet shopping was expected to impact Black Friday sales at brick and mortar stores, local businesses seemed to do well with a multitude of shoppers.
Walmart seemed the big winner with officers directing traffic at either end of the parking lot. Nearly every inch of available space was taken with vehicles including the parking lot edge along CC Camp Road.
It was not surprising to see the crush of people stuck in traffic throughout the large complex.
What was surprising was the attitude of the shoppers.
“People were actually helpful in there this time instead of being snatchy and greedy,” said Jim Duncan of Fayettville, “asking, ‘what do you need,’ so it was a change. This is calm compared to Fayetteville.”
Duncan described the military community as being more aggressive than Elkin.
“It’s more of, ‘get out of my way I want to get this,’ as opposed to here,” said Duncan. “You know what it’s like living in the city and that’s basically what it’s like in Fayetteville. They’re going about their business doing what they want to do and they don’t see past that tunnel.”
Fayetteville is near Fort Bragg Army base. According to Army-technology.com, it is the most populated US Army base in the world with 52,280 in active duty personnel alone.
“There’s so many different cultures there,” said Karen Stanley, who encouraged the shopping trip with Duncan in order to walk off some of their Thanksgiving meal.
Although Stanley was appreciative of things that were different, it was those things that were closest to her that were on her heart this holiday.
In addition to the traditions, the people in Stanley’s life are part of what makes this such a special time of year.
“[I look] forward to [spending time with] family and friends. You might not always get do that,” said Stanley.
“My parents are getting older and I want to have as much time with them now as I can because they may not be here next year. I hope they are, years and years and years.”
“This is the time of year that you come together and be thankful that you have your family around you,” said Duncan.
“We’re going from a season of trick-or-treat to being thankful and into the Christmas holidays and there’s so much more,” said Duncan. “This is the time of year that you really want to sit down to be thankful for what you do have.”
Elkin Police Capt. Kim Robison glowed with gratitude even while on duty as extra security for Belk.
“I got all that I wanted before Christmas,” said Robison. “My hubby came through his chemo and radiation with flying colors so I got what I wanted. I’m good.”
So were the people shopping at Belk and other stores throughout the Black Friday events.
“People are being nice,” said Robison. “Not all pushy.”
That may seem surprising for such deals as those Vicky and Erica Cox look forward to each year, however that may be because most people seem to be interested in more than just the deals.
Shopping with her mother is, “kind of a holiday tradition,” said Erica, who was excited about some of the gifts she was giving, however could not divulge what they were.
“I’ve got a lot of local people I’m giving to,” said Erica, “family and friends.”
Those who would like to see what potential gifts they may receive from Black Friday shoppers may still find hints of bargains in a variety of locations throughout Elkin.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.