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By Veronica Rocha | November 27, 2009
DOWNTOWN GLENDALE — Shopper Viridiana Lugo slouched into a wood bench as she drifted to sleep early Friday while hundreds of people with shopping bags scurried around her at the Glendale Galleria. Lugo slipped off a boot for a much-needed break and surveyed about dozen shopping bags that her group had accumulated — and it was only 5 a.m. “We didn’t get much sleep because we have been up 24 hours straight,” she said. “I am tired.” Lugo and her family were just a few of the people who arrived at the sprawling mall the pre-dawn hours for Black Friday deals.
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By Veronica Rocha | November 28, 2009
Shopper Viridiana Lugo slouched into a wood bench as she drifted to sleep early Friday while hundreds of people with shopping bags scurried around her at the Glendale Galleria. Lugo slipped off a boot for a much-needed break and surveyed about a dozen shopping bags that her group had accumulated — and it was only 5 a.m. “We didn’t get much sleep because we have been up 24 hours straight,” she said. “I am tired.” Lugo and her family were just a few of the people who arrived at the sprawling mall during the pre-dawn hours for Black Friday deals.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Yemenidjian | November 29, 2008
BURBANK — When retailers opened their doors early Friday at the Town Center Mall, it was not to the huge crowds usually seen the day after Thanksgiving. Stores lacked the painful lines usually synonymous with Black Friday, although Betsy Miringoff, spokeswoman for Burbank Town Center Mall, said foot traffic picked up later in the day. “I’ve been here for three years, and I’ve never seen it this slow,” said Jessica Carls, of Los Angeles, as she came out Old Navy just before 6 a.m. Friday morning laden with three shopping bags.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 23, 2011
A trend toward stores opening at the stroke of Black Friday is taking hold this year in Burbank and Glendale retail centers. Several national retail chains, including Macy's and Target, with stores in the Glendale Galleria, will open at midnight on Black Friday, hoping to lure shoppers with bargains as early as possible on the busiest shopping day of the year. Nineteen other stores and eateries in the mega-mall, including Ann Taylor, Victoria's Secret and the Disney Store, are also scheduled to open at midnight.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 26, 2013
Black Friday hit Burbank early this year, with shoppers pitching tents in front of the local Best Buy as early as Saturday to claim first dibs on discounted electronics.  As of Monday afternoon, seven tents were lined up outside of the Empire Center store. Fourth in line was Glendale Community College student Jessica Real, 19, whose family is camping out for Black Friday for the first time.  “That's how we bond,” she said, adding that her mother wants to buy a plasma television.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 23, 2012
A rotating schedule of overnight and early morning store openings significantly checked the Black Friday crowds at the regions major retail destinations, producing a much calmer scene compared to years past. That's because back then, Black Friday was still confined to early morning store openings, attracting huge crowds of pre-dawn deal-seekers. But this year, with major retailers pushing their opening times further into Thursday territory, the onslaught of shoppers was spread out, leaving relatively normal conditions for those who arrived later in the morning on Friday.
THE818NOW
November 21, 2012
It's 8 a.m. Sunday and John Palyok, general manager of a Best Buy store in Burbank, is brandishing a $19.99 Dynex HDMI cable like a battle standard. A group of 50 employees, mostly in their 20s, gather around him, gulping coffee and nodding slowly. "It's about speed, velocity and execution," bellowed Palyok, his voice echoing through the store's cavernous, 45,000-square-foot interior. "They, need, need this HDMI cable," Palyok said, slicing the thin blue box through the air like a battle-ax.
THE818NOW
November 28, 2013
The streets were dark and empty at 5:30 a.m. in Burbank - except at Kmart, where a few dozen shoppers in hoodies, fleece and boots huddled against an exterior wall waiting to be let inside. With a 6 a.m. opening time, the retailer is kicking off a nationwide Thanksgiving consumption frenzy. Except instead of turkey, Americans will be scrambling to pick up deeply discounted televisions, tablets and toys that in the past were only available on  Black Friday . Alta Dena manufacturing technician Shana Morrow, 44, is a 16-year veteran of the holiday shopping weekend.
THE818NOW
November 22, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, November 22. Happy Thanksgiving! Schools and government offices may be closed, but there is still a lot going on today. The Temple Beth Hillel is one center holding an event. L.A. Times Shopping tomorrow? LAPD is ready to deploy extra officers to make sure no one gets injured . L.A. Times But if you're going to go outside and brave the crowds, the Daily News has a list of the opening times for stores in the region, starting at midnight . Yikes.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 29, 2013
Black Friday crept into Thanksgiving this year, with Kmart in Burbank opening its doors early Thursday morning, drawing hundreds of bargain hunters looking to snag a television, Android tablet or other discounted items. PHOTOS: Thanksgiving Day Kmart shoppers For Samantha McClour, Thanksgiving was the only time to shop because she was scheduled to work every other day of the week as well as the weekend. And since the crowds weren't overwhelming at Kmart, shopping on Thanksgiving was a pleasant experience for many.
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THE818NOW
November 28, 2013
The streets were dark and empty at 5:30 a.m. in Burbank - except at Kmart, where a few dozen shoppers in hoodies, fleece and boots huddled against an exterior wall waiting to be let inside. With a 6 a.m. opening time, the retailer is kicking off a nationwide Thanksgiving consumption frenzy. Except instead of turkey, Americans will be scrambling to pick up deeply discounted televisions, tablets and toys that in the past were only available on  Black Friday . Alta Dena manufacturing technician Shana Morrow, 44, is a 16-year veteran of the holiday shopping weekend.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 26, 2013
Black Friday hit Burbank early this year, with shoppers pitching tents in front of the local Best Buy as early as Saturday to claim first dibs on discounted electronics.  As of Monday afternoon, seven tents were lined up outside of the Empire Center store. Fourth in line was Glendale Community College student Jessica Real, 19, whose family is camping out for Black Friday for the first time.  “That's how we bond,” she said, adding that her mother wants to buy a plasma television.
THE818NOW
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 23, 2012
A rotating schedule of overnight and early morning store openings significantly checked the Black Friday crowds at the regions major retail destinations, producing a much calmer scene compared to years past. That's because back then, Black Friday was still confined to early morning store openings, attracting huge crowds of pre-dawn deal-seekers. But this year, with major retailers pushing their opening times further into Thursday territory, the onslaught of shoppers was spread out, leaving relatively normal conditions for those who arrived later in the morning on Friday.
THE818NOW
November 22, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, November 22. Happy Thanksgiving! Schools and government offices may be closed, but there is still a lot going on today. The Temple Beth Hillel is one center holding an event. L.A. Times Shopping tomorrow? LAPD is ready to deploy extra officers to make sure no one gets injured . L.A. Times But if you're going to go outside and brave the crowds, the Daily News has a list of the opening times for stores in the region, starting at midnight . Yikes.
THE818NOW
November 21, 2012
It's 8 a.m. Sunday and John Palyok, general manager of a Best Buy store in Burbank, is brandishing a $19.99 Dynex HDMI cable like a battle standard. A group of 50 employees, mostly in their 20s, gather around him, gulping coffee and nodding slowly. "It's about speed, velocity and execution," bellowed Palyok, his voice echoing through the store's cavernous, 45,000-square-foot interior. "They, need, need this HDMI cable," Palyok said, slicing the thin blue box through the air like a battle-ax.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 23, 2011
A trend toward stores opening at the stroke of Black Friday is taking hold this year in Burbank and Glendale retail centers. Several national retail chains, including Macy's and Target, with stores in the Glendale Galleria, will open at midnight on Black Friday, hoping to lure shoppers with bargains as early as possible on the busiest shopping day of the year. Nineteen other stores and eateries in the mega-mall, including Ann Taylor, Victoria's Secret and the Disney Store, are also scheduled to open at midnight.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | November 24, 2010
Retailers are going all-out to lure shoppers on Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving traditionally is the biggest shopping day of the season, and this year retailers are viewing it as a harbinger of whether consumers are ready to break out of a years-long spending slump spurred by the recession. The Glendale Galleria, home to anchors including Target, Nordstrom, Macy's and JCPenney and more than 200 shops, will open early and offer a host of deals. Some Galleria retailers, including the Disney Store, Aeropostale and the Children's Place, will open as the clock strikes midnight.
BUSINESS
By Veronica Rocha | November 28, 2009
Shopper Viridiana Lugo slouched into a wood bench as she drifted to sleep early Friday while hundreds of people with shopping bags scurried around her at the Glendale Galleria. Lugo slipped off a boot for a much-needed break and surveyed about a dozen shopping bags that her group had accumulated — and it was only 5 a.m. “We didn’t get much sleep because we have been up 24 hours straight,” she said. “I am tired.” Lugo and her family were just a few of the people who arrived at the sprawling mall during the pre-dawn hours for Black Friday deals.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | November 27, 2009
DOWNTOWN GLENDALE — Shopper Viridiana Lugo slouched into a wood bench as she drifted to sleep early Friday while hundreds of people with shopping bags scurried around her at the Glendale Galleria. Lugo slipped off a boot for a much-needed break and surveyed about dozen shopping bags that her group had accumulated — and it was only 5 a.m. “We didn’t get much sleep because we have been up 24 hours straight,” she said. “I am tired.” Lugo and her family were just a few of the people who arrived at the sprawling mall the pre-dawn hours for Black Friday deals.
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