Shoppers not holding back on Black Friday!

By Peter Ambrose

June 18, 2010 Updated Nov 28, 2008 at 1:16 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The city's major shopping centers are packed this morning with people looking for big bargains as the unofficial start to the Christmas shopping season is underway. Judging by the traffic along Fort Wayne's major shopping areas, shoppers are upbeat for the holidays.

Retailers have been working to get consumers in their stores even before today, nicknamed "Black Friday." Thanksgiving was also a big shopping day where big discounts could be found at many places.

But for the most part, shoppers stuck to tradition. Some people lined up at their favorite stores for hours to be the first to get cheap merchandise. After Best Buy in the Northcrest Shopping Center opened at 5 A.M., crowds of people streamed inside steadily for about a half hour to 45 minutes.

Some of the most popular items there were HDTVs and "Guitar Hero" video games.

Traffic is heavy along Coliseum Boulevard around Northcrest and Glenbrook Square Mall, and along West Jefferson Boulevard and Illinois Road around Jefferson Pointe.

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