ROSS PARK (KDKA) — Droves of people went charging into Ross Park Mall when the doors opened at 6 a.m. Friday.
Ginger Howard comes out with her mom every year.
“My mom and I love the crowds. We’ve been doing this every year for many, many years,” Ginger Howard, of New Kensington, said.
The same goes for Tracy Winning and her family. Black Friday shopping isn’t a new thing for them but wearing matching shirts reading “Outta my way, it’s Black Friday” is.
“We love Black Friday. So we go shopping every year. It’s tradition,” one shopper said.
A good portion of shoppers were high school students.
“I think most parents don’t want to drive their kids this early in the morning so more people who can drive in high school are probably coming out today,” one high school shopper said.
A spokesperson at Ross Park Mall said customer confidence is the highest its been in 18 years, which is why we are seeing more shoppers this Black Friday.
“They have a spring in their step. They feel comfortable. They know a little bit more about how the economy is doing,” Tyler Andrews with Ross Park Mall said.
Andrews said the newest tech items seem to be a hit with the exception of LEGOS. The LEGO Store just opened in the mall at the end of October and was celebrating its first Black Friday.
“I drove to North Carolina to go to the last LEGO store,” said one shopper.
“I have three boys and a husband that love Legos, so we’re here,” one shopper said. “But we were out last night and then we came here and it was closed, so we got back up this morning and came here.”
This was the first time Logan Fritche made it to the mall for Black Friday.
“I’m getting all the deals. Fifty percent off the whole store, stuff like that,” said Fritche.
Some shoppers were so motivated they sat in their cars for hours waiting for the mall to open for the day.
“We sat in the parking lot. We got here at like 4 a.m. I was sleeping … We’ve just been shopping for Christmas stuff. I got a couple of things I needed,” another shopper said.