Central Ohio shoppers finish Thanksgiving dinner, take on Black Friday

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — From first time Black Friday shoppers to those who have been at it for years, Central Ohio took to ringing in the holidays after Thanksgiving dinner by buying those first Christmas gifts – and doing so without the usual hassle.

“After all this talk of people running into each other, and making a big ruckus, it actually wasn’t that bad,” says Tony Johnston, who was shopping at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing.

Not all stores were open as early as Thanksgiving, but shoppers don’t seem to mind – they’ve made the shopping part of their holiday tradition.

“Seeing everyone come out with my family just puts me in a humble mood,” says Jamia Williams, who was also shopping at Tuttle. “Just makes me grateful for everything … That I have the ability to come here and shop.”

“It humbles you when you everyone out enjoying themselves,” adds Fatimah Fall. “Some people don’t have a family to come and enjoy the mall with.”

Many stores will close Thursday night before opening earlier than usual for the Black Friday sales that will actually take place on Friday.

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