Thousands of shoppers rush to Mall of America for Black Friday 2022 deals

UPDATE: People who were camping outside from Thursday evening poured into the Mall of America Saturday morning despite the year marked by historic inflation.

Mall of America officials say more than 10,000 people rushed inside for the first time since opening Friday.

The first people in line arrived at MOA at 4 pm on Thanksgiving.

“Opening our doors on Black Friday morning to throngs of excited shoppers is a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Jill Renslow, executive vice president of business development and marketing at MOA. “We’ve seen an incredible turnout today, which shows that people are ready to return to their holiday traditions. At the Mall of America, we offer a truly magical experience this time of year that is the perfect backdrop for our visitors to create special memories with their loved ones.”

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The first 4,000 people received cut-off cards with prizes worth up to $600, center officials say, and the first 200 customers also received an MOA gift card.

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INITIAL REPORT: Shoppers began lining up outside the Mall of America Thursday evening — some up to 12 hours before Black Friday opening time — to take advantage of annual sales and a special bonus from the mall.

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5 HEALTH NEWS Reporter Kelsey Christensen spoke to a group of friends who lined up at 7 pm on Thanksgiving to get the gift cards the mall is giving away to the first 200 shoppers. It is also expected that the first 4,000 people will get isolated.

“To stay warm, we have plenty of layers, and to entertain ourselves, we just have each other,
one bundled shopper told Christensen around 5:30 a.m. Friday. “We were playing cards, talking, going through old pictures, trying to pass the time.”

The group, who do this together every year, said spending time with friends is just as important as shopping.

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The National Retail Federation (NRF) is expecting a record number of shoppers this Black Friday as inflation-stricken people search for cheaper gifts.

NRF has predicted that 166 million people – 8 million more than in 2021 – will go shopping this weekend, and retailers are expecting a boost in sales.

Many companies are in a better place this year after being plagued by the ongoing supply chain shortages that began during the pandemic. Now, they have more stock and can offer more deals.

Expect the biggest discounts on clothing, toys and electronics.

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