Shoppers in KC and the US open wallets for Black Friday - KCTV5

Shoppers in KC and the US open wallets for Black Friday

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The scene outside a local Academy Sports store this morning. (KCTV) The scene outside a local Academy Sports store this morning. (KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Big box stores and malls across the country have been busy with Black Friday shoppers this morning and it’s no different in Kansas City this afternoon. 

It will be very busy all day for shoppers and retailers alike. In fact, sales growth across the board are expected to increase by at least 3.5 percent.

That means 137 million people will be shopping this weekend as a whole. Three-fourths of those are out today, snagging those Black Friday deals.

To put that into perspective, we compared it to last year.

According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend $23 million more than last year. That would leave 2016 with a total of $655 million spent just on holiday shopping.

According to ShopperTrak, which monitors foot traffic at malls, the top busiest shopping day of the year is Black Friday. That’s followed by the day after Christmas in second place. In third place is the day before Christmas. Then there’s Dec.17, more commonly known as Super Saturday, in fourth place.

Small business Saturday, which is tomorrow, lingers in sixth place.

"This was our first stop this morning," said Heather, a shopper. "We did go out last night, but we are going over to the mall. We have other stops there. We have to go to target. We have a list."

Of course, this isn't the only way to shop; there's always Cyber Monday for those of us who would rather shop from the comfort and warmth of our homes.

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