Black Friday is here: Crucial holiday season begins for battered retailers

Black Friday 2017: Significance, Date and Why it is Celebrated after Thanksgiving Day

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"This is my first time on Thursday". One wanted a Barbie set that was a doorbuster deal at half off the normal $49.99 price, and the other wanted Shopkins marked down 30 percent. I've done a lot of online shopping, but never really in the store.

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"I went to Target one year, and the line was ridiculous", said Wakefield, who'd already completed his Christmas shopping and was there just to get a Star Wars item for his collection.

Many retail stocks are trading higher on Friday.

Black Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping weekend of the year.

On Black Friday in the Southern Tier, stores saw smaller crowds of shoppers in the morning, as more showed up for Thanksgiving Day sales the night before.

Sears Holdings, which earlier this year warned there is "substantial doubt" it can remain in business, started its Black Friday sales at the beginning of November, putting virtually everything in both Sears and Kmart on sale.

For Black Friday 2017, however, Chipotle will be open. About 69 percent of Americans, or 164 million people, intend to shop at some point during the five-day period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation.

Americans have already spent more than $1.5 billion online on Thanksgiving Day - and nearly half of shoppers are on their smartphones.

Discounts are an important means of bringing shoppers into stores, but they can also be a sign of distress.

"My mom once got into a fight over a Carebear", Moore said. "Everybody's shopping online now". And Thanksgiving Day deals are more and more prevalent.

So, what ties Chipotle and Black Friday together?

Pam Sears and her daughter Samantha were thwarted by a long line on Thursday, but it was one inside Target. She said they like the festive atmosphere and make a game of finding the goofiest sweaters. By the time they got there, those phones were gone.

They were among the dozens who flooded into Target for the morning.

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