Retailers: Black Friday turnout high despite spike in online shoppingPosted: Updated:
Experts have predicted for years that Black Friday is on the decline, but retailers still expect huge sales this year.
In some places, customer turnout didn't disappoint.
"People were lined up in front of stores at 8:30 this morning," said Paul Kelliher, the marketing director of The Westchester in White Plains, where an estimated 30,000 shoppers showed up.
"I went to Urban Outfitters, and the line was ridiculously long," said Alexa Feiner, one of the customers. "It was a madhouse in there."
Black Friday was as vibrant as ever, according to Kelliher, despite an increase in online shopping.
"Walking the property today, and talking with large groups of people, you can tell that they're obviously not shopping online," he said.