WALLINGFORD — Store parking lots across town were full with shoppers coming out to cash in on Black Friday deals.
Around 2 p.m., the crowds were starting to thin, but stores were still filled.
“I wanted to miss the rush,” Kimberly Fortier, of Durham, said coming out of Walmart. Fortier and Paul Carlson went to the store mid-afternoon, when they figured the rush of Black Friday shoppers would be less inconvenient. They were happy when “the lines were short.”
They went to the Walmart at 844 North Colony Road specifically for a microwave deal and training wheels for Fortier’s grandkids. They ended up buying Christmas decorations and gifts for the grandkids.
Madison Terrill and her father Rick, of Durham, had been shopping at a few other stores in the area before heading to Walmart.
Madison Terrill said they went to Dick’s Sporting Goods for Black Friday discounts on sneakers and workout clothes, “because those can get expensive.” At Walmart they picked up cat food and food saver bags, among other things.
Most of Walmart’s electronics and appliances were on sale Friday with deals on televisions, game consoles and laptops. The store also advertised discounts on many toy items, from classic dolls to a motorized Disney “Frozen” sled, both in store and online.
At Kohl’s, shoppers had to circle the parking lot for an open parking spot. Inside, two lines wrapped around the store and the wait time was about 30 minutes around 1 p.m., according to a shopper, Rei Augustine.
Augustine, from North Haven, said employees were working fast to keep the line moving. She had been to Best Buy and Target already for a 32 inch smart TV, 4k blu-ray movies and clothing.
At Kohl’s, 1248 S. Broad St., she bought a new hand mixer to replace hers which had recently broken. “Gotta make cookies for the holidays,” she said about the purchase.