Holiday Frenzy: Police urge patience as shopping season opens

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Shoppers will park on medians when parking lots get full, and drivers trying to get to the mall will become impatient waiting in hourlong traffic backups.

The lines and long waits are part of the Black Friday experience, but police hope traffic will be a little better this year with stores opening earlier than ever.

Thousands of people will converge on malls and stores in Greenwood and Edinburgh Thursday and Friday for deals on electronics, toys and clothes.

With that many people, long lines and packed streets and parking lots are unavoidable. But with some stores opening at 8 and 9 p.m. Thursday, police think the number of people heading out to shop could be spread out over multiple hours instead of all at once.

And that could help with some of the crowds.

Both Greenwood Park Mall and Edinburgh Premium Outlets officially open at 12:01 a.m. Friday; but some stores will open as early as 9 p.m. Thursday, and some won’t open until 6 a.m. Friday.

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