The promise of big savings on the best products lured thousands of shoppers to Troy stores late Thursday and early Friday morning as Black Friday shopping kicked off at midnight.
The north parking lot outside at the started to fill up Thursday night as the department store opened its doors to Black Friday shoppers at midnight. The official opening of the mall was moved to 8 a.m., while individual stores staggered their opening times from midnight at Macy's, and 4 a.m., 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. for many other stores.
"We went to Great Lakes Crossing first, but we really wanted to shop here because they have all the top quality brand stores," Cash Zhao, who traveled from Mt. Pleasant to the Somerset Collection in Troy, said around 2 a.m.
Zhao, who said he is orignally from China, was waiting outside with friends. The store opened at 5 a.m. and was offering special deals on several items, including the newest Sony Playstations.
Terrell Mitchell, of Southfield, was waiting outside the store at Somerset to make sure he would be one of the first people to don a new pair of Air Jordan shoes.
"New Jordan's, cement black, size 12, $160," Mitchell said. "They are going to sell out automatically."
A long line formed outside Macy's before the store opened at midnight, staff there said. Lines at the checkout counters were long, but moving swiftly.
Parking lots and lines were similar at Oakland Mall, while several stores surrounding the mall were also busy or had lines forming outside.
Todd Reeb, of Amherstburg, Ontario, said he and his wife bought some things at Target before going to Kohl's – which also opened at midnight – then headed to ABC Warehouse on John R, across from , in hopes of purchasing a 24-inch LCD television for $100.
Reeb said there are some deals for Black Friday at the stores in Canada, but most of the best deals are reserved for Boxing Day, the day after Christmas.
Renee Norman, of Hazel Park, said she got in line at the store about midnight. She was third in line and also hoped to purchase the same television when ABC Warehouse opened at 8 a.m.
Those in line at the electronics and appliance store said the line tends to get longer as sunrise approaches.
Gina Guirguis, 19, and Matt Guirguis, 16, of Troy, said they got in line about 2 a.m. to be one of the people to purchase a 40-inch television for $250. The brother and sister were wrapped up under a sleeping bag and staying entertained with a laptop computer and iPod player.
"Last year we got here about 6 a.m. and we were the last ones in line," Gina Guirguis said.