Return to stores could be good for economy

11:26 PM, Nov 26, 2010   |    comments
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MINNETONKA, Minn. -  Counting  dollars will have to wait.  For store managers, Black Friday is more about counting feet - as in foot traffic.  Early indications appear to be good.

"We were not sure what would happen at 4:00 a.m., but they were out at 4 a.m. and it has seriously built ever since," said Scott Bartos, store manager for Macy's at Ridgedale whick opened an hour earlier than last year.

A short distance away shoppers at a Toys R Us store snaked through several aisles waiting to check-out.

"When we walked in we figured there's somewhere between 75 and 125 people between the registers and the end of the line," said Matt Burrous, as he pushed his cart filled with toys. "It's probably twice that bad now."

In this case, bad is good.   A recent survey conducted by financial firm Deloitte  showed two-thirds of Twin Cities' shoppers plan to spend the same or more than they did last year.  It's one sign of a slowly recovering economy, according to Deloitte's Brad Fritz.  "We think it's going to be stronger this year in the Twin Cities than it was last year."

"The line is ridiculous, but it's worth it," said Toya Spencer of Maple Grove as she surveyed Black Friday specials.

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