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Lisa Bisenius( Baltimore Sun photo by Jessica Anderson / November 23, 2012 )
Lisa Bisenius dressed for Black Friday: she wore black nail polish and a black T-shirt with the "Friday" on the front.
But she might need a new shirt, as stores begin promoting holiday sales even earlier this year. Bisenius, the general manager of White Marsh Mall, said half as many stores opened at midnight last year.
Among the popular stores to open doors overnight were clothing stores Hollister and Aeropostale. Sears was the first to open on Thanksgiving.
But by 1 a.m. she said the parking lot was at 90 percent capacity. She predicted it would peak again at noon when another round of shoppers venture out.
She said many of the retailers that opened overnight were expected to make target sales by early this morning.
"The numbers are reporting really good this year," she said.
And of course, Starbucks was doing a booming business as shoppers stopped to refuel.
"Starbucks was crazy. It took me an hour to get my coffee," she said.