Black Friday turns into marathon of night shopping

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Updated: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 08:18:42 EST

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — In the pre-dawn hours Friday, as some early-rising shoppers were heading into malls in search of Black Friday deals, others had been up shopping all night at stores that opened the evening of Thanksgiving Day or at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

In Atlanta's northern suburbs, North Point Mall in Alpharetta had the feel of an airport terminal before sunrise, with some gates open, others closed and many shoppers slowly shuffling along, bleary-eyed.

Jessica Astalos, 20, was resting in the mall's food court at 5:30 a.m. The 20-year-old Milton woman had left home around 11:30 p.m. the night before and shopped all night.

Curtis Akins, a 51-year-old resident of Tifton, said he thinks Black Friday might eventually end because it's taking away from the traditional Thanksgiving celebration.

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