FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Black Friday usually means long lines and rushing crowds very early in the morning, right? Not so much this year.
Walmart on Coldwater Road opened at 5 a.m, and about 30 people were out front when it did.
Kayla Preston came out to buy Christmas presents for her kids.
“There’s this polaroid camera I want to get for my daughter, she really likes it,” she said.
The line didn’t even start forming until about 4:30.
“We were expecting the lines to be a lot longer to be honest,” Preston said. “That’s the only reason we got here so early.”
Zach Warner has been Black Friday shopping before, but wasn’t impressed with the turnout this time.
“There wasn’t too many people in there,” Warner said. “The deals weren’t as good as they could’ve been, and they didn’t carry a lot of stuff. It was underwhelming.”
Warner said this Black Friday experience wasn’t as good as in years past.
“It was way packed [then],” he said. “We got tons of stuff then. We got like PlayStation, Xboxes, all the cool stuff.”
On the other hand, Olivia Salzman didn’t mind the lack of people.
“It was easy,” Salzman said. “We got everything we kind of had in mind to buy. We got here at 5 o'clock, like right when the doors opened. I thought for sure there was gonna be lines of people. But everybody was just walking in, it was just nice.”
She rated it as one of their top Black Friday shopping experiences.
“Best case scenario,” Salzman added. “This was good.”
After Black Friday comes Small Business Saturday.
A list of participating small businesses in Fort Wayne can be found here.