Over 200,000 Black Friday shoppers expected at Southcenter Mall



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Posted on November 25, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 25 at 12:06 PM

Millions of shoppers around the country got up early and hit the stores in hopes of scoring Black Friday deals.

Westfield's Southcenter Mall in Tukwila saw over 30,000 people come through the doors between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. and the mall is expecting over 200,000 shoppers by the end of the day.
"We had over 130 stores participate in our midnight opening and it actually helped us quite a bit. The more stores that open, the more folks you get in the shopping center and they all have bags, so that's a great thing for us to see," said Andrew Ciarrocchi, General Manager of Westfield Southcenter.  
Many retailers at the shopping center said this was busiest Black Friday they have seen in years.
"We've been opening at four o'clock in the morning for probably ten years now and this is the busiest store I've ever had," said Dan Durkin, Store Manager at J.C. Penny.
Many shoppers were happy to take advantage of the early hours.
"Oh I'm insane. I was so tired after Thanksgiving, but my daughter gets me jazzed and we've been doing this together for fifteen years," said one shopper.
Black Friday sales are expected to remain in effect at many stores through the weekend.