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San Antonio shoppers head to malls, stores for Black Friday – San Antonio Express-News

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About 35 shoppers in jackets and beanies huddled outside the Best Buy store at 125 N.W. Loop 410 before sunrise Friday, eager to snag discounted laptops, televisions and computer monitors.

It was Joshua Riojas’ first time shopping on Black Friday.

Best Buy, which opened at 5 a.m., was the only store the 19-year-old planned to visit. He was eager to purchase a monitor. The prices he’d seen advertised online were appealing.

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About 35 shoppers in jackets and beanies huddled outside the Best Buy store at 125 N.W. Loop 410 before sunrise Friday, eager to snag discounted laptops, televisions and computer monitors.

It was Joshua Riojas’ first time shopping on Black Friday.

Best Buy, which opened at 5 a.m., was the only store the 19-year-old planned to visit. He was eager to purchase a monitor. The prices he’d seen advertised online were appealing.

“There’s a really nice discount on a few monitors that I’ve looked at. I just want to look around,” Riojas said. “I want to … see if there’s anything else that they have that they don’t have online.”

Marquis Vega, 30, said it was also his Black Friday debut — he usually shops on Cyber Monday. He was hunting for a gaming monitor at Best Buy.

Vega, whose group was at the front of the line, said he was surprised there weren’t more deal hunters there at 4:30 a.m.

“There’s not very many people, not like I thought there was going to be,” he said.

The store was the only Black Friday stop for Alex Ramos, who was there to find a 70-inch television.

“This is it,” said Ramos, 29. “(Then) back to bed.”

Across the highway, North Star Mall was teeming with shoppers by early afternoon, with lines snaking outside stores.

Yolanda Davis usually doesn’t shop on Black Friday but headed to the mall to find items on a PowerPoint wish list her teenage daughter made for Christmas.

As she stood in line outside the Pandora store, waiting to purchase a ring, she said she often prefers to shop at stores rather than online.

“I want to actually see it,” said Davis, 49.

The crowds and fights over bargains on Black Friday are largely a thing of the past, but more shoppers were expected to return to brick-and-mortar stores this year after a pandemic-induced lull.

The National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics surveyed 7,837 consumers in early November. About 65 percent of those who planned to shop on Thanksgiving Day said they were likely to head to brick-and-mortar stores, up from 50 percent in 2020.

The results were similar for Black Friday: 64 percent of those surveyed said they probably would shop in stores, an increase from 51 percent last year.

E-commerce continues to grow, as shoppers opt to hunt for deals from the comfort of their couches. Adobe predicts online sales will reach a record $207 billion between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, a 10 percent increase year over year.

Earlier this year, Adobe predicted that shoppers would shell out between $5.1 billion and $5.4 billion on Thanksgiving Day. It reported Friday morning that online spending came in at the lower end of that range at $5.1 billion.

Sales are expected to reach as high as $9.6 billion on …….

Source: https://www.expressnews.com/business/local/article/San-Antonio-shoppers-head-to-malls-stores-for-16653541.php