Yes, Black Friday is still crowded at Cincinnati’s biggest mall

For these shoppers, it’s all about the experience.
Published: Nov. 25, 2022 at 6:04 PM EST
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SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WXIX) - Black Friday has traditionally been the busiest shopping day of the year, and it looked like it at Kenwood Towne Center Friday afternoon.

But are shoppers now taking a holiday from the holiday?

Not because of rising prices, according to the National Retail Federation, which estimates retail sales will go up during the 2022 holiday season compared to 2021.

But nearly 70 percent of Black Friday shoppers will checkout online from home, up from just 33 percent in 2021, according to the NRF.

At least Tashawna Otabil won’t be one of them. She had her hands full at Kenwood Friday.

“We enjoy coming out,” Otabil she said. “We love the camaraderie. We love the surprise sales. You can’t find a lot of this stuff online.”

Nataleigh Macke and Natalie Ross also say they were impressed with the deals they found. Online shopping offers convenience, they argue, but nothing beats an in-person jaunt through the mall.

“I like to go inside the store because it’s more about the experience to me and not just going online and picking something on a screen,” Macke said.

Commenters on our Facebook post (below) also cited long lines and full crowds.

Said Joe Perry Roark, “We were there and it was just as it was before Covid. We circled and circled to finally find someone leaving and get a parking spot. Once inside most of the more popular stores had a 30-40 minute wait to get in. Lines to pay were at least 4-7 people deep. Food court packed, had to wait for a table. It was definitely the black Friday I remember. Lots of good sales unlike last year.”

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