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Door buster Black Friday deals at Derby Street draw hundreds

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 29, 2013 01:10 PM

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The cold on Black Friday morning didn't keep customers away from Derby Street Shoppes, which drew hundreds to the area as stores opened early with enticing deals.

Though majority of stores weren't open until 8 a.m., Jos. A. Bank opened first at midnight with doorbuster deals, followed by Kohl's at 1 a.m.

Long lines formed at the latter as customers shuffled their feet to stay warm, going through Christmas lists in their heads.

"My two nieces...they want those Beats [by Dre headphones]," said Janice Chapman, from Rockland, at 12:30 a.m. "That's what they want, we're going to make it happen."

Debbie McLaughlin, from Braintree, had her eye on towels and pots and pans.

For her, early shopping was just a tradition. She and her sister already had a plan of attack, including heading to Kohl's first thing followed by Christmas Tree Shop at 5 a.m., she said.

The early night of shopping wasn't enough for Weymouth's Debbie Pomar or Braintree's Lauren Rocha, who both wished the Blue Laws would be changed to allow shopping to start even earlier.

"If it made it easier for employees, I hope it would change," Rocha said.

Store employees declined to give names, but said upwards of 300-400 people walked through the doors in just the first five minutes.

Here are some scenes of early Black Friday shopping:


Jos. A. Bank was the first to open their doors, though they only garnered a few customers during the early hours.


Ten minutes before opening at 1 a.m., lines started spanning the length of the building at Kohl's.


Customers wait in the chill before Kohl's opens its doors.


Stores throughout the plaza opened at different times, with Jos. A. Bank swinging open their doors at midnight; Kohl's at 1 a.m.; American Eagle, Gap, Baby Gap, and Victoria Secret at 5 a.m.; and Chicos, J. Crew, The Paper Store, and Talbots open at 7 a.m. Many others opened at 8 a.m.


Minutes after doors opened at Kohl's, customers already started exiting with merchandise. Michele Feist (not pictured) was the first one out at 1:06 a.m., already with a present for her husband in tow.

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