Retailers nationwide have been expecting a good holiday shopping
season, but it may be a slow start for local stores here on Long
It showed in the traffic around the Americana Manhasset Friday morning.
It was a busy shopping day, but nothing more.
"I'm going shopping for myself," said Cathy, of New Hyde Park.
She said came to the Americana Manhasset just as an escape from a
"I had to get out of the house after doing all the
cooking, so it's all about me today.
"A lot of people are spending a lot of money recovering from Sandy," said Sherry Mahavir, who works at Gadgets and Gizmos inside the Broadway Mall in Hicksville.
Which could account for mall parking lots being easier to navigate and reasonable lines at the registers Friday.
That paved the way for shoppers like Carol Orloff and Melissa
Healey, of Plainview. They were determined to get their holiday
shopping done in one day starting 8 p.m.
Thanksgiving night and planed
to return home by early Friday afternoon.
"We just do it," said Orloff. "It's tradition."
There are nationwide reports of shoppers losing control in the Black Friday shopping frenzy: In Moultrie, Ga., a ruckus broke out over a cell phone deal, the Huffington Post reported. In San Antonio, one shopper allegedly pulled a gun on a man who punched him attempting to cut into a line at a Sears store.
So far, there are no strange incidents reported on Long Island Friday.
Kelly Durkin, of Levittown, says superstorm Sandy changed her
family's holiday shopping plans. "A lot of people lost homes," she said.
"My grandparents lost a lot from the flood. We're just going to get
them gift cards. That's all they want."
Even at discount retail stores like Wal-Mart and Target are not seeing as many shoppers as they might have liked.
Lisa Herbie, from North Massapequa, said it will be hard to predict
how the October storm will impact Long Island stores like the Target in