- Associated Press - Friday, November 24, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on Black Friday shopping in Anchorage (all times local):

10:05 a.m.

DeEtte Burnett, her daughter and her daughter’s friend juggled multiple shopping bags Friday inside the Nordstrom store at a mall in downtown Anchorage. As they do every year, they are in town for the Thanksgiving holiday from Fairbanks to watch a hockey tournament.

But they also wanted to put in some Black Friday shopping, hitting the mall early to shop for leggings, pajamas and other clothes.

This year, Burnett says the girls decided to do a little more “hard-core” shopping by hitting more than just one store.

It helps that the mall didn’t appear to be as crowded this year.

Burnett says that’s a welcome change


9:55 a.m.

While others were scouring stores for Black Friday deals, Paul Kain waited outside a closed Apple Store in a downtown Anchorage mall, waiting for it to open so he could buy a coveted iPhone 10.

The 54-year-old National Forest Service law enforcement officer lives in Seward and hasn’t been able to get an iPhone online. So during his family’s annual Thanksgiving trip to visit friends in Anchorage, he figured he would use Friday as iPhone day while his wife hustled around the mall looking for deals for their grown children.

Kain already did his bargain-hunting — on Thanksgiving day at Best Buy, saving $80 on a GoPro camera for his son. Unlike other years, he noticed a lot more crowds out on turkey day compared to Friday’s relatively sparse crowd.

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