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Earlier store openings appeal to NJ shoppers

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Earlier store openings in New Jersey for the traditional Black Friday shopping crush appear to be a hit with customers.

A Toys R Us in Deptford Township had a line that stretched outside and around the front of the building — and that was more than two hours after the store opened Thursday night.

At a Walmart in Secaucus, shoppers began lining up at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and within 10 minutes of the store's Black Friday deals going on sale at 8 p.m., lines at checkout counters were jammed.

Yet at some stores, early birds found themselves nearly alone for much of Thursday afternoon before lines began to form after sunset.

At a Target store in Hackensack, two shoppers who arrived at 2:30 p.m. Thursday said last year's lines were considerably longer.

Steve Ballmer, Power Forward
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