At Greenbriar Mall located at 2841 Greenbriar Pkwy. in south Fulton, some retailers like Macy’s, Anna’s Linens and Burlington Coat Factory opened their doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
“We had waves of crowds coming in until about 1:30 or 2 in the morning,” said mall spokeswoman Ursel Brown.
She said the crowds packed into the mall once it opened at 8 a.m. Friday.
One of the most popular and busiest stores this year, Brown said, was the newly renovated Foot Locker.
“The Foot Locker reopened for Black Friday and now includes House of Hoops. It was extremely busy and had lines of customers most of the time it was open,” she said.
The dense amount of Black Friday shoppers was evident in the parking lot as well.
“At [the mall’s] busiest, the parking lot filled to about 90 percent capacity, but we had many shoppers who travelled on MARTA, too,” Brown said.
To accommodate the increased shopping traffic both outside and inside the mall, Greenbriar extended its hours for the holiday weekend.
The day after Black Friday, the mall reopened at 8 a.m. and closed at 10 p.m.
Many stores in Greenbriar offered sales throughout the weekend, keeping the mall busy before and after Black Friday.
Brown said although many shoppers waited in line for stores to open early, there were crowds of late shoppers, too.
“Even though we closed at 9 p.m. on Black Friday and 10 p.m. the Saturday after, the mall was so busy that we stayed open about an hour after closing time,” she said.
Shopping continued for consumers outside of the malls with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30.
The South Fulton Business Coalition, an organization dedicated to stimulating south Fulton’s economy for local businesses, encouraged residents to skip the mad rush of Black Friday and shop small businesses instead of large retailers.