Thousands of Georgians wrapped up their Thanksgiving meal and then hit the stores as Black Friday bled into Thursday evening this year. Shoppers lined up well before 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Berry Square Mall in Rome for deals on footwear, more than two hours before retailers opened their doors.
Georgians are feeling more pessimistic about the economy. But they intend to spend the same amount of money on their holiday gifts this year. A recent survey from Georgia Southern University's Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development says, 55% of Georgians feel the economy is worsening.
National reports show, this year's Black Friday could usher in a holiday shopping season slightly improved from last year. Whether Georgia businesses see an uptick in sales, though, will depend on customers. Across the state, several "buy local" campaigns are urging residents to buy their gifts from local businesses to triple the economic impact.