Black Friday: Shoppers hit Tysons for good deals

The frenzy is on! Shoppers have been converging on stores all over the country and our area is no exception this Black Friday, all in the hopes of scoring that deal!

This Black Friday hasn’t been without its share of drama, though, from fights inside stores to protests outside Wal-Marts.

You may think there’s only one reason people brave the crowds on Black Friday, but there’s more to the story.

Shoppers hit Tysons as early as 6 a.m. to get a jump on the crowds and of course, the sales. Leanna Ofouriata got there at 8 a.m.

“I thought it was going to be worse,” she says.

She left four hours later.

“People seem easy-going,” she says. “No one seems frustrated or anything.”

Then there’s David Mafia, who traveled with his family all the way from Brazil just to spend this weekend shopping in America.

“The prices here are very incredible and that’s what we’re seeing here,” he says.

In fact, the prices were so incredible he says it’s cheaper to shop here even with airfare and hotel than back home.

All of Tyson’s 300 stores are fully staffed from now through Christmas, while the mall has added 22,000 additional hours for parking attendants and security for the holiday season. And with the traffic you can understand why.

“It doesn’t have to be a good spot,” says one shopper. “It just has to be any spot.”

With many stores opening last night, early estimates are showing strong Black Friday sales nationwide with retail analysts saying sales this year could be 2 to 3-percent higher than last year. Tysons says its sales are definitely up this year.