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Shoppers brave crowds that seem to be smaller

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It was an unusual scene Friday morning as Skycopter 3 flew over the major shopping centers in the metro.

There were a lot of cars but plenty of empty parking spaces at Northpark Mall on Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. 

Mall officials couldn't provide any specific numbers but say it has been a busy start to the shopping season.  
Meanwhile, at the Outlets of Mississippi there was also a large crowd but just like other shopping centers, there were no long lines or traffic jams.  
Outlet officials say they have been very pleased with the number of customers and report strong sales figures.  
Shoppers we talked with had mixed reviews to the deals and size of the crowd.  

"Larger, O' yeah, because we were here (Northpark Mall) last year and I don't know; it seems like I can't really walk and be comfortable like I did before," said Angela Turner of Vicksburg.

Shopper Redell Funches, said "Pretty much the same people in the amount of the crowd." He added that there were, "very good discounts this year."

"I'm from Indianapolis. We just came up here today but like it just seems mild here. Real mild. Like, so, there's not crowds over crowding you," said Northpark Mall shopper Shakata Norwood.

The National Retail Federation expects holiday sales to be up this year, 3.9%.  

Many stores have been offering discounts to lure shoppers for more than a month, partly because Black Friday fell six days later than last year.

To help compete with on line sales, many stores will be staying open later to offer more convenient hours for shoppers. 

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