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Lesell Packer and his wife, Kessa Brown, look at television sets at the Walmart on C.R. 6 in Elkhart on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. Stores around Elkhart were opening earlier for Black Friday than in previous years, some even staying open through the holiday. (Truth Photo By Jon Garcia) (AP)

Ebony Gills of Elkhart reaches for a piece of pie from Mike Garcia’s plate as they wait for Target in Goshen to open on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. With three hours still to wait, the group huddled around a propane heater that Joey Lukkarila brought from her home in Wakarusa. “This isn’t my first rodeo,” she said. (Truth Photo By Jon Garcia) (AP)
Holiday shopping starts; malls packed Thursday night
Posted on Nov. 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

MISHAWAKA — University Park Mall was packed Thursday evening when almost every store in the shopping center opened at 8 p.m.

Stores like Sears, Gap and the Apple Store had holiday doorbuster offers starting Thursday evening, in anticipation of those who started their shopping early before the traditional Black Friday.

Mike and Leslie Mack were done with dinner early and decided to go shopping Thursday night.

Walking briskly through the mall, shopping bags in hand, the couple said they had gone out shopping after Thanksgiving dinner before, but this year the mall looked more crowded than usual.

“It’s more like a Saturday or Sunday here,” Leslie Mack said.