Shoppers brave cold, dark for deals

Employees say bargain-hunters stay civil during Black Friday

Long lines at area stores didn’t stop the bargain shoppers on Friday. Many had waited since the early morning, including those camped out in front of Menards in Jefferson City.

Long lines at area stores didn’t stop the bargain shoppers on Friday. Many had waited since the early morning, including those camped out in front of Menards in Jefferson City. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

Warm cups of coffee, delivered to their vehicle, helped David and Monica Hoy pass the time — an hour and a half — until Hy-Vee opened Friday morning.

Donald Mounce, on the other hand, brought his own blanket to bundle up in as he waited the four hours and 45 minutes for Menards to open with its sales.

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Thousands of bargain-seekers were out before the sun came up. Stores opened with specialties and slashed prices as early as midnight and 3 a.m.

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