Posted: Nov 23, 2012 2:50 AM by Katy Harris KXLF News
The Butte Plaza Mall came alive with a rush of Black Friday shoppers at midnight.
Mall doors were unlocked at 9pm and shoppers slowly started to trickle in, but by 11 the lobby was filled with hundreds of people waiting for the green light to shop at midnight.
There was a sound of heightened excitement as soon as shoppers were given the thumbs up to enter Herbergers.
Lisa Hansen was waiting for the stores to open.
She comes to the mall every year on Black Friday looking for children's clothes and gifts for family.
She says in a large shopping crowd you just have to move along.
"No strategy, I just try to go with the flow and just to walk with them," says Hansen.
Hannah Kline is a Butte Central Senior.
She and four of her friends decided to stay up late and shop for gifts.
This is her first Black Friday experience.
"It's pretty crazy. There's just so many people. I'm not used to it," she says.
Butte Plaza Mall Operations and Marketing Manager Alana Ferko thinks there is about the same amount of Black Friday shoppers as last year.
"We had the best time. Everybody was happy and you know the economy has been a little stressful for some people but we just hope they realize what Christmas is all about and they're here to shop and have a good time," says Ferko.
Maurices employee Bobby Vick took extra precautions to be ready for Black Friday by stocking up on energy drinks.
"This is my first Black Friday so I was kind of scared but it's not too bad," she says.
Many employees worked until 6 this morning when shifts changed over.