STATELINE (WIFR) -- It was a big first for many area retailers, who opened actually on Thanksgiving, hours earlier than usual.
Shoppers flooded Target on East State Street, when it opened at 9:00 last night. When we stopped by again this morning, they were mostly out of the big door-buster deals, like big screen TV’s, cameras and vacuum cleaners. This was that location's 20th Black Friday and from what we've heard, there weren't any problems.
The same can't be said for Cherryvale Mall, where a serious fight broke out at the food court, at about 4:30 this morning. Since then, things have seemed to have calmed down.
It's probably tough to find a parking spot right now at Cherryvale. Make sure you don't park where you shouldn't. Secretary of State Police are in the midst of a special operation, looking for people illegally parked in a handicapped spot. Tickets can be as much as $500. Last year, 31 tickets were issued during Thanksgiving weekend.
STATELINE (WIFR) -- It's become a new norm for holiday shopping it seems every year businesses open earlier and earlier and Thursday night several big box stores have just welcomed the crowds, three hours before Black Friday even starts.
It's a madhouse at stores like Target and Walmart. Target just opened its doors an hour ago. Several people camped out for hours in order to get their hands on those Black Friday deals.
Dozens of people flooded aisles at Target, which opened a little before 9:00 p.m. Employees and extra security were on hand to direct shoppers. Maps of the store were handed out while people stood in line. Target even gave snack bars to eager shoppers, which say they'd rather shop in store than online.
Rockford police say they haven't responded to anything yet, however, they have been getting calls about people butting in line and arguing.