There was no chaos at Kohl’s.
No more than four tables were occupied in the Galleria food court.
The early morning Black Friday lines were short and the customers were few at various stores in Rock Hill for the annual holiday shopping ritual.
Amy Bowers, 37, of Heath Springs was up by 5 a.m. to go shopping at Academy Sports for her 8-year-old son. “It’s really for my kids, trying to get deals for them,” she said.
Bowers and her family usually go to the beach for Black Friday but decided to go shopping instead. She still came prepared – her purse was full of coupons for Sears, Target and Walmart.
One woman shopping at Kohl’s on Meeting Boulevard texted a picture of the clear streets to her sister.
Store employees remarked they expected craziness as well. Many people did their shopping Thanksgiving evening and the crowd for Friday morning was the opposite of what was seen Thursday afternoon.
“It’s been tiring,” said J.C. Penney employee Keith Polston. He was scheduled to work a 12 hour shift Friday and didn’t plan to do much after work. “I may just take a nap,” he said.
A few customers hadvery particular requests.
Some customers shopped by the European shoe size. Another customer wanted a specific pair of Levi’s jeans, in a preferred color and cut.
“I just work with them to get them what they need,” said J.C. Penney employee Cole Price.
Jeannie Flack walked out of Kohl’s with the new boots she was looking for. “I’ve already done a lot of my shopping, so today was about being with my family.”
Flack, with Kelly Flack and Chris Gandy, arrived at 6 a.m. and reported that there were no lines before entering the store.
Flack said Thursday at Walmart was “crazy.”
“I don’t think I’ll ever do that again,” Flack said. “It’s wild, but I enjoyed it.”
Belk’s was their next destination, and then they set out to eat breakfast.
Then they’ll shop some more.
“Until we drop,” Gandy chimed in.
“Shop until we drop,” Flack added. “That’s what we do for the holiday weekend. I love it.”