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Black Friday Shoppers Fill Area Stores

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Its known as the biggest shopping day of the year Black Friday drew many people out this morning despite single digit temperatures.  for some it's a post-Thanksgiving tradition
Jerry Neef, a customer who braved the cold said its just what he always does "We always eat about Noon or 1 o'clock and then we map out where we want to go in the afternoon, my wife won't come out here so Im always the one who's done it."
For others, it's a necessity  Like Dave Sullivan, whos TV broke last night."It's my wife's tv so i have to get the right one and i absolutely have to leave this store with a tv"
Whatever the reason, stores around the corridor were prepared
Connie Smith, a Menards employee said it took hours to setup, saying, "We started setting up on Wednesday night, we were here until almost midnight, 1 o'clock in the morning setting up so. it's great every year this is my 14th year."
According to a new CBS survey, 44% of Americans said they would be shopping this Black Friday significantly more people than the 30% who participated last year
Employees we spoke to at both Menards and best buy agreed Black Friday definitely lived up to and exceeded its reputation.    
But today wasn't just about the slashed price tags, as we learned it was important to many how stores treat their hardworking staff like saying no to working on thanksgiving.
Your employees are family to you and so to me, Menards did a great job refusing to open on Thursday.
And for the 56% percent who did not come out today, they still have plenty of time before Christmas to get their shopping done.

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