Nov 23, 2012 12:28 PM by Claire Anderson, Tianna Harland
Shoppers looking for holiday bargains in Great Falls didn't have to wait very long after polishing off their Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, as several stores threw open their doors several hours ahead of the official start of "Black Friday."
Among the early openings: K-Mart, Target, and Shopko. The line at Target stretched for hundreds of feet ahead of the 8 p.m. opening, while the parking lot at Walmart maxed out and shoppers took to parking in adjacent parking lots, even up to North Middle School and along Smelter Avenue.
Shopper Marci Kolar said, "We left home at 6 p.m. and went to Walmart and then just kinda went around Great Falls, from there we are planning on staying out until the last store opens. So its gonna be a long night."
Bryan Daul works at Target and noted, "The lines are definitely longer this year than last year. obviously they started lining up sooner because we open sooner."
Megan Cullum, a cashier at Target, said when the doors opened, "Everybody was running, looking for shopping carts and pushing each other, so it was kind of insane."
Marci Kolar: "We go out every year, it's kind of exciting for us...the rush when the stores open and getting all of our stuff even with the crowds is pretty fun."
But it's not just about finding the best bargains; some people find kinship in holiday hunt; shopper Patty Kolar said, "The great thing about it is you stand in line with people and pretty soon you're old friends, so that's always kind of nice about it."