By Gina Martinez
Black Friday in northeast Queens turned out to be business as usual for many retailers. At College Point Shopping Center, things appeared calm and organized, with stores like Target, Babies R Us , Old Navy and T.J Maxx having short lines and customers saying that it felt like just another day.
College Point resident Shanil Wallace was shopping at Old Navy.
“I usually go shopping Thanksgiving night, but my mom came home late,” she said. “There is a 50% sale right now off of everything. I expected the stores to be packed, nuy I just got out of Target and it was pretty empty. I thought there would be more people, but I’m happy everything is going well.”
Also at Old Navy was Megan T., who had also just been shopping at Target.
“It’s been pretty quiet,” she said. “More so than I expected, it feels like a regular day. I’ve never been Black Friday, shopping so this is a great first experience. I feel like I lucked out.”
SkyView Center in Flushing was busier. At stores like Uniqlo and Nike, customer traffic was steady, but not overwhelming. Workers at the store were calm and said that the number of customers who had turned out was about what they had expected. With sales on at most stores, several people said they were looking for sales on clothing items, especially winter coats, which were up to 20% off in Uniqlo.
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