Livermore outlets packed with shoppers snapping up deals

Saturday, November 28, 2015
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Many shoppers took advantage of Black Friday deals at malls around the Bay Area.

LIVERMORE, Calif. (KGO) -- Shoppers were out in force in the Bay Area. Nearly every parking space was taken at Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton and there was a line of cars trying to get into the San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore. Police say the traffic was so bad, at one point people were parking alongside the interstate.

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Black Friday shopping bleeds into Thursday now. There was a long line to get into the Livermore outlets on Thanksgiving Day because they opened at 6 p.m. and stayed open all night long.

"It's a little crazy, but you get the super good deals and it's also become a tradition for us," Black Friday shopper Kavita Sharma said.

"We go to work every day, so why not get up to come shop?" said another shopper.

The popular brands were UGG and Tory Burch -- both stores were open, but always had a line because they can only let so many people in at once. Shoppers say they waited an hour to get into Tory Burch.

Mary Basuel says waiting in line paid off. She got a Tory Burch bag that was $299 at 40 percent off. She told us, "Yeah, I had to control myself a little bit, but yeah, it was fun."

Even though there were lines and traffic, store managers and shoppers say this year didn't seem so bad -- they've seen worse.

I've been when it's really, really crazy where you can't even find a parking spot, but this time I found a parking spot with no problem. So the crowds aren't that bad," Sharma said.

The outlets even encouraged people to pull an all-nighter with some of the deep discounts expiring at 8 a.m.

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It seems the standing in line trend is on the decline. There were only five tents in front of the Best Buy in Emeryville Thursday morning. In years past, the line would wrap around the building.

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Kmart opened at 6 a.m. on Thursday. The manager of the Concord store said when he opened the store, he had more online orders waiting for him then people in line. Some of those who came out, say they did so to avoid the lines.

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