Black Friday shoppers flock To Arrowhead Towne Center

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

PHOENIX -- Westcor malls around the Valley accomodated hungry Black Friday bargain hunters by opening up their doors last night for today's sales.

Arrowhead Towne Center opened at 10 p.m. Thursday night to a long line of anxious Black Friday Shoppers. One group spent their entire turkey day sorting out coupons, circling sales items in the papers, and laying out a plan for their 12-hour shopping spree Friday.

Many of the stores at Arrowhead had either 50-percent off deals or buy one get one 50-percent off. Other stores offered free gift and giveaways with purchases before the afternoon hours.

The Salvation Army was also on hand near Christmas trees garnished with Christmas Angel tags.  The Christmas Angel program is a tradition in Arizona that began in 1986. It is a very personal way Valley residents can brighten the holidays for a needy child. Shoppers select a tag from the Christmas Angel tree with information about a specific child in need. The tag helps shoppers selct a gift for that specific child. In 2010 there were 47,511 Christmas Angels in the program.
Christmas Angel trees can be found in most Westcor shopping malls. Each tag on the Christmas Angel trees represent a boy or girl age 12 or younger who lives in the metro Phoenix area.