Long lines for Black Friday in Sedalia


By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]



At 5:45 a.m. Friday, the line to enter Menard’s in Sedalia for Black Friday shopping can be seen all the way down the sidewalk and to the edge of the parking lot. Some customers got to the store as early as 3 a.m. and the line began forming around 5 a.m.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Taylor Blakemore, a Menard’s cashier and service desk member, hands a Black Friday sales flier to a customer as she makes her way into the store at 6 a.m. after waiting in line. Blakemore said the store seemed much busier than last year.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Jenny Gilmore, Marila Johnson and Cody Johnson stand at the front of the Black Friday line at Menard’s in Sedalia just a few minutes before employees opened the doors at 6 a.m. The group traveled from Warsaw to attend the sale.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Just minutes into Black Friday shopping at Menard’s, the aisles are filled with shoppers anxious to find deals on a variety of products. There were so many people in line that it took nine solid minutes for everyone to make it inside the store, with additional customers continuing to trickle in.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

While there are no major malls in sight, plenty of Pettis County shoppers braved the cold and long lines hoping to find Black Friday deals.

The holiday shopping season began early for some local retailers such as Kohl’s and Walmart, which started their Black Friday deals at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, and JCPenney, which started even earlier at 3 p.m. Thursday. The parking lots were packed Thursday evening at those stores, but some shoppers waited until other stores opened at the traditional 6 a.m. Friday.

Jenny Gilmore, Marila Johnson and Cody Johnson drove from Warsaw to shop at Menard’s in Sedalia. The trio got to the store just before 3 a.m., but stayed warm in the car before getting the first spot in line around 5 a.m.

“We’re helping our aunt and uncle, they wanted an air mattress that’s on sale so we volunteered to come out here,” Marila said minutes before Menard’s opened its doors. “We love helping our family.”

Marila said this wasn’t their first time participating in Black Friday, and although they were on a mission to find an air mattress, she said they’d try to find a few deals for themselves too.

According to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation, 59 percent of Americans — an estimated 137.4 million people — were planning to or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend. That includes both in-store and online shopping, and is up just slightly from 58.7 percent in 2015.

The survey states that Black Friday is expected to remain the busiest day of the holiday weekend, with Millennials making up most of the shoppers.

Taylor Blakemore, a cashier and service desk member, was one of several Menard’s employees working the early Black Friday shift. She said this was her fourth or fifth year helping open the store for Black Friday.

“We get here at 5:15 a.m., about an hour early to make sure everything’s set and ready,” she said once the majority of the customer line had made its way inside. “We do an overlook of the store to make sure we know where things are. I got here around 5 and the line was almost to our driveway to get to the yard. People got here early, that’s for sure.”

Several Menard’s employees mentioned the store seemed much busier than last year. It took nine minutes from the time the doors opened at exactly 6 a.m. to when the last of the customers in line made it in the door, as other customers continued to trickle in.

Lowe’s also opened at 6 a.m. in Sedalia and had a fairly full parking lot. Retailers such as Kohl’s, Walmart and JCPenney that opened Thursday had just a few shoppers early Friday morning.

According to the Associated Press, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said in addition to Black Friday favorites like televisions and toys, shoppers were looking for drones, virtual reality products and hoverboards. Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren told AP that clothing sales have been good, with sportswear, dresses and even social occasion fashions doing well. But he’s hoping for some cold weather to help fuel more sales of winter items.

At 5:45 a.m. Friday, the line to enter Menard’s in Sedalia for Black Friday shopping can be seen all the way down the sidewalk and to the edge of the parking lot. Some customers got to the store as early as 3 a.m. and the line began forming around 5 a.m.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_TSD112616BlackFriday.jpgAt 5:45 a.m. Friday, the line to enter Menard’s in Sedalia for Black Friday shopping can be seen all the way down the sidewalk and to the edge of the parking lot. Some customers got to the store as early as 3 a.m. and the line began forming around 5 a.m. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Taylor Blakemore, a Menard’s cashier and service desk member, hands a Black Friday sales flier to a customer as she makes her way into the store at 6 a.m. after waiting in line. Blakemore said the store seemed much busier than last year.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_TSD112616BlackFriday2.jpgTaylor Blakemore, a Menard’s cashier and service desk member, hands a Black Friday sales flier to a customer as she makes her way into the store at 6 a.m. after waiting in line. Blakemore said the store seemed much busier than last year. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Jenny Gilmore, Marila Johnson and Cody Johnson stand at the front of the Black Friday line at Menard’s in Sedalia just a few minutes before employees opened the doors at 6 a.m. The group traveled from Warsaw to attend the sale.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_TSD112616BlackFriday3.jpgJenny Gilmore, Marila Johnson and Cody Johnson stand at the front of the Black Friday line at Menard’s in Sedalia just a few minutes before employees opened the doors at 6 a.m. The group traveled from Warsaw to attend the sale. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Just minutes into Black Friday shopping at Menard’s, the aisles are filled with shoppers anxious to find deals on a variety of products. There were so many people in line that it took nine solid minutes for everyone to make it inside the store, with additional customers continuing to trickle in.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_TSD112616BlackFriday4.jpgJust minutes into Black Friday shopping at Menard’s, the aisles are filled with shoppers anxious to find deals on a variety of products. There were so many people in line that it took nine solid minutes for everyone to make it inside the store, with additional customers continuing to trickle in. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

By Nicole Cooke

[email protected]

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or on Twitter @NicoleRCooke.

Sedalia Democrat

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or on Twitter @NicoleRCooke.

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