Black Friday Gets Early Start in Virginia

Friday, Nov 26, 2010  |  Updated 12:49 PM EDT
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Derrick Ward

Tysons Corner Center was one of the locations in Virginia where Black Friday shopping began at midnight.

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Some get up early to go shopping on Black Friday. Some don’t even bother to go to bed.

Hours before the sixth annual midnight madness at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, people were waiting in line outside the stores. Some stores even opened at 10 p.m. Thursday.

Traditionally, the longest line is at the Coach store.

Tysons Corner Center also opened at midnight. Officials said lines started to form at about 9 p.m.

As if the prospect of incredible bargains wasn’t enough, Potomac Mills mall tried to generate more Black Friday excitement with contests and giveaways, including Black Friday-themed T-shirts, InsideNova.com reported.

“I think it’s a customer who is looking for a bargain, and I think it’s a customer who’s coming to the mall tonight for a total experience,” said Potomac Mills mall spokeswoman Caroline Barry Green. “It’s a very festive atmosphere, we do a lot of special events to cultivate that festive atmosphere, and it’s fun when you get a deal.”

In Alexandria, the city is offering free parking in city-owned garages as a special incentive for Black Friday shoppers to take their business to Old Town.

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