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Shoppers flock to Hamilton Crossings shopping center in search of Black Friday deals | Lehigh Valley Regional News

L. MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. — Even the bitter cold hasn’t stopped people from searching for Black Friday deals at the Hamilton Crossings mall in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County.

“The stores are packed. Even checking out took about 20 minutes, although I had a few things,” said shopper Stephen Park.

“I feel like it’s just too busy, like people are trying to cut the queues,” shopper Caity Nguyen said.

It’s a much busier Black Friday this year. Shoppers are expected to spend more money than ever – $859 billion between this month and next, according to the National Retail Federation.

Buyers seem to take notice.

“I had to circle the parking lot several times,” Nguyen said.

“It got really busy. Come at 7 a.m. as soon as we open the doors at 7 a.m. there was a line of people opening with us,” said Clarence Ferguson, manager of the executive team for service and commitment to the Lower Macungie target.

“The carts are super full. I was actually just helping out a guest – the cart was full to the brim and she had another air fryer, so we had to haul it for her.”

Carts like Denise’s, from Schnecksville, were loaded to the brim, though she says sales were fair.

“The sales are okay. They were cheaper than what I would have gotten normally, so for me it’s worth it,” she said.

It seems many were just happy to get out of the house.

“It’s just nice to be outside. I don’t get out of the house a lot, I work from home and stuff,” Park said.