FOX 13 crews found that stores that were closed on Thanksgiving were attracting lines of people just before they opened their doors.
But elsewhere, extended Thanksgiving shopping hours meant much smaller Black Friday morning crowds than years past.
Business was much more brisk at the Toys-R-Us in Clearwater, where customers were able to walk up to open registers. The Target on Waters Avenue in Tampa had a moderate amount of cars in the parking lot. Inside, there were only small numbers of customers.
Five hundred people were wrapped around the Target at midnight, and after that, business died down. FOX 13 Alcides Segui said he saw only a couple of people in the entire store around 6 a.m.
"Our guests were excited to come in for those door busters. Those first four or five hours are when we see our biggest rush. Then we see a period of calmer times…then we see more people around 8 in the morning," one Target team leader told us.
FOX 13's Chris Chmura asked shoppers, is Black Friday dead?
Several said yes.
"Some employees were asking, ‘come check out with me because we're bored!' " said shopper Sandy Martin.
Shoppers are expected to spend an average of $420 over the next four days.
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