Greenwood's Walmart was absolutely packed Thursday night as customers began looking for various "Black Friday" specials.
(Chris Trainor|Index Journal)
Greenwood's Walmart was absolutely packed Thursday night as customers began looking for various "Black Friday" specials. (Chris Trainor|Index Journal)

A common theory suggests most people get sleepy after eating heavy meals Thanksgiving day.
However, judging by the energized, spirited crowds that invaded stores across Greenwood late Thursday night and into Friday morning, that theory could be successfully challenged.
Thousands of Lakelands area shoppers hit Greenwood stores en masse for the annual ritual of Black Friday shopping. Of course, these days "Black Friday" seems to simply be a name for the annual retail explosion, as many large retailers now open their doors on Thursday night, just hours after most people polished off their Thanksgiving dinners.
There is perhaps no other store that better encapsulates Black Friday madness than Wal-Mart. In Greenwood, Wal-Mart was absolutely swarmed by 6 p.m. Thursday, with customers literally jammed shoulder-to-shoulder in the aisles as they sought deep discounts on hot holiday items. 

Numerous Greenwood County Sheriff's Office deputies were on the scene, ready at a moment's notice if they were needed.
Customer Linda Williams said she arrived at the store at 4 p.m.Thursday, waiting on the 6 p.m. "Black Friday" sales to begin. As she pushed a cart filled with goods back to her vehicle, Williams was asked what brought her out into the shopping hoopla.
"I came for the little deals on the stuff these children want," Williams said. "They had it on sale. So, that's what brings me out here in all this crowd. ... It gets you in the spirit, to get out in the crowds and everything."
Another hot spot for Black Friday shopping in Greenwood was Belk at Greenwood Mall. The store opened its doors at 8 p.m. Thursday.
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