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Pa. shoppers wake up a little later

November 27, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- While some shoppers in the Tri-State area camped in store lines for more than 12 hours in anticipation of Black Friday, Franklin County shoppers got a few extra hours of sleep, not forming lines at Chambersburg-area retailers until about 1 a.m.

"I was here at 9 p.m., but I stayed in my truck until he showed up around midnight," Adam Hudson of Greencastle said, gesturing to the man in line behind him. "There really wasn't much of a line until later."

Retail giants Kohl's, Target, Wal-Mart and Staples opened their doors in succession Friday starting with Kohls at 4 a.m. Target and Wal-Mart opened at 5 a.m. Staples opened at 6 a.m.

Lured by the sales on televisions, Hudson said he was the first to arrive at Target on Norland Avenue.

He said his wife was across town, in line at Wal-Mart.

"I usually avoid Black Friday because of the crowds," he said.

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Stacy Morton of McConnellsburg, Pa., and her daughter, Taylor, also hoped to be the proud owners of a new television from Target, as did Greg Myers of Chambersburg, who was in line close to midnight.

By 4:30 a.m., the line at Target stretched around the building as shoppers counted down the minutes to the 5 a.m. opening.

To help ease the wait, Chambersburg Mennonite Church walked up and down the line with 20 gallons of free hot cocoa, said Eric Roth, a member of the church.

Offering the cocoa was a first for the church, which had the piping hot beverage available at Target and the Chambersburg Mall on Friday, Roth said.

"Our group is studying a book titled 'The Conspiracy of Kindness' which is about showing people God's love through acts of kindness," he said. "We thought we would show that kindness to the shoppers out here today."

While Target shoppers waited for the store to open, a few hundred yards away, Kohl's shoppers were already waiting in checkout lines that reached the back of the store.

"This is typical, really," said Cathy Grove, store manager of the Chambersburg Kohl's.

It took eight minutes for the line of shoppers to enter Kohl's at 4 a.m., Grove said.

Kristin Harbaugh of Fairfield, Pa., was first in line.

Having waited since 10:30 p.m. to shop the sales at the Gettysburg (Pa.) Outlets, Harbaugh said Kohl's was her second stop on Black Friday, and not her last.

"I decided I did not want to go to bed, and since Kohl's was the next to open, we came here," she said. "Next, we are going to Target, Kmart and maybe Sears."

Her boyfriend, Vince Gee of Thurmont, Md., did not share her bubbly enthusiasm, fueled by rock bottom sales.

"Black Friday love, that's what this is," Gee said, giving Harbaugh a hug. "Really, where else would I be but at home sleeping in my nice warm bed with my dog?"

Grove said every employee of the Kohl's in Chambersburg was scheduled to work Friday. Those blessed with the early bird shift arrived at 3:30 a.m.

"Black Friday really is the most fun," Grove said. "It is different than any other day because we deal with everything so fast and every associate is here working like crazy."

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