Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Shoppers at Goodyâ€™s, in Columbia City, wait in line Thursday evening. Several local businesses began Black Friday sales on Thursday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Early morning shoppers morphed into turkey day shoppers as many retailers offered holiday deals on Thanksgiving Day.
Black Friday was instituted to boost a stumbling economy in 1939 by Franklin Roosevelt. But this year, the sales started a day early.
Locally, Wal-Mart started its holiday shopping season at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. That led shoppers on a mission to find the best Black Friday deals to ask a difficult question: Deal with the crowds now or later?
Cars from Wal-Martâ€™s parking lot spilled into other local businesses, as shoppers worked their way into the crowded store.
Other businesses in Columbia City, such as Goodyâ€™s, also had a substantial turnout, with steady lines in checkout lanes for several hours.
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