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No mayhem as Black Friday begins in Winnipeg

Black Friday in Winnipeg kicked off with thousands of consumers heading for Polo Park Mall and stores in the area, with some stores opening at 6 or 7 a.m.

KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Black Friday in Winnipeg kicked off with thousands of consumers heading for Polo Park Mall and stores in the area, with some stores opening at 6 or 7 a.m. Photo Store

There was no American-style pushing and shoving and only short lines this morning at the start of Black Friday sales in Winnipeg.

Only about 100 people were on hand for the 6 a.m. opening of Best Buy in the Polo Park area, though several emerged with big-screen TVs. At the Polo Park shopping centre, smart shoppers lined up first at the customer service desk for a $10 gift card and then at the Hudson's Bay for a $20 card.

Far from Boxing Day mayhem, most stores are quite quiet, and pre-opening lines were short.

"I came to the Bay a few days ago and saw some items I really wanted," said computer analyst Abraham Osho. That included some winter boots and G-Star jeans. He's hoping his early arrival will ensure his size is still available.

"The Black Friday thing is just coming to Canada. It's not yet a big thing like down in the States," he said.

Other shoppers, clutching coffees, said they began at midnight at Walmart, where they snagged a $68 tablet. In the mall, Lululemon and Aritzia, two hip but pricey shops, topped people's lists.

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Updated on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM CST: Adds new photo

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