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Black Friday 2007

Sale signs dominated the visual landscape  as shoppers at Gulf Coast Town Center sought the best deals on what is traditionally referred to as Black Friday, the day most retailers head into positive sales territory.

Photo by MICHEL FORTIER, Daily News

Sale signs dominated the visual landscape as shoppers at Gulf Coast Town Center sought the best deals on what is traditionally referred to as Black Friday, the day most retailers head into positive sales territory.

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  • Mary Beth Crawford, center, came to Gulf Coast Town Center with her daughter Morgan Crawford, 11, left, and Morgan's grandmother Elaine Smart, right, and left Marshall's with bags full of merchandise, finding better deals than last year.  'The lines were very easy,' said Crawford who arrived around 9:30 at the mall.
  • Santa Claus entertains the Christmas desires of Sage Grace Markarian, 6, while her mother Marianne Markarian, center, snaps pictures with grandma Anette Langevin in tow at Gulf Coast Town Center on Friday.
  • Stella Lemiux makes her way across the parkinglot after leaving JC Penny's at Gulf Coast Town Center Friday, finding lots of bargains in the process.  'I arrived at 9am and it was very busy,' said Lemieux.  'There were lots and lots of deals.'
  • Sale signs dominated the visual landscape  as shoppers at Gulf Coast Town Center sought the best deals on what is traditionally referred to as Black Friday, the day most retailers head into positive sales territory.
  • Andrea Fields, right, an employee at JC Penney for the past 18 years, hands out snow globes to the first customers to enter the store at 4 a.m. Friday morning at the Coastland Center Mall. 'I joke with the girls that I started working here when I was 12 says Fields, 44, who has worked every Black Friday since she started with the company. Stores all around the country opened early Friday morning for what is usually the biggest shopping day of the year.
  • Susan Titmas, center, stands in line to purchase items at JC Penney with her mother and daughter just after 4 a.m. Friday morning. 'We do this every year,' she says. Stores all around the country opened early Friday morning for what is usually the biggest shopping day of the year known as Black Friday.
  • Rossana Wheelock, center, can't keep herself from yawning after she and her daughter Stephanie, right, waited 12 hours in line at Best Buy so they could get in right when it opened at 5 a.m. Friday. Hundreds of people arrived early to Best Buy, to wait in a line that stretched two stores down to Costco on Naples Boulevard. Stores all around the country opened early Friday morning for what is usually the biggest shopping day of the year known as Black Friday.
  • Brett Diehl, 18, center, and his girlfriend Kendra Dziubek, 17, right, are the first to run in to Target on Friday morning as store manager Lynn Moore, left, opened the doors at 6 a.m. Diehl and his cousin Garrett Diehl, behind, drove from a family gathering in Gainesville yesterday to arrive at SuperTarget in North Naples at midnight. They slept in their car in the parking lot until the they saw people beginning to line up outside. Stores all around the country opened early Friday morning for what is usually the biggest shopping day of the year.
  • Suzanne Payne, right, Hernan Pinilla, left, along with his sons Esteban, 2, bottom, and Juan Pablo, 7, were among the first inside SuperTarget and to get their pick of high definition televisions when the doors opened at 6 a.m. on Friday. Stores all around the country opened early Friday morning for what is usually the biggest shopping day of the year.
  • Hundreds of people arrived early to Best Buy, to wait in a line that stretched two stores down to Costco on Naples Boulevard. Stores all around the country opened early Friday morning for what is usually the biggest shopping day of the year known as Black Friday.
  • Hundreds of people arrived early to Best Buy, to wait in a line that stretched two stores down to Costco on Naples Boulevard. Stores all around the country opened early Friday morning for what is usually the biggest shopping day of the year known as Black Friday.
  • Justin Martin, right, and Kenny Palanco, hoist a television into the trunk of their car on Friday morning after they waited for hours in line at Best Buy before the store opened at 5 a.m. Stores all around the country opened early Friday morning for what is usually the biggest shopping day of the year.
  • Lynelle Endsley, right, stands in line to purchase items at JC Penney just after 4 a.m. Friday. Endsley says shopping the day after Thanksgiving is a tradition that started with her parents. 'I did this (waited until the store opened) in California last year and froze my butt off,' she says. Stores all around the country opened early Friday morning for what is usually the biggest shopping day of the year known as Black Friday.
  • SuperTarget customer service representative Nanci Camacho, right, looks toward the doors Friday morning as the staff huddles for a quick meeting before the store opened at 6 a.m. Stores all around the country opened early Friday morning for what is usually the biggest shopping day of the year.
  • Customers wait outside of the SuperTarget to get in right when the store opens at 6 a.m. Friday. Stores all around the country opened early Friday morning for what is usually the biggest shopping day of the year.

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