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Black Friday dawns early in the city

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Many Winnipeg stores are offering Black Friday deals today, and some right through the weekend, in an effort to keep local shoppers from heading across the border.

It's a tradition in the U.S. for stores to hold Black Friday sales on their Thanksgiving weekend, and this year was no exception.

In Winnipeg, at one store offering Black Friday savings, shoppers were lined up into the parking lot at Toys R Us in the  Polo Park area.

By the time doors opened at 7 a.m., the early start into the store was worth it, shoppers and the store manager agreed.

"I came right for 7 a.m. and there was a long line up," said Natalie Premsuch, who rolled out of the store with a giant box called Cook 'N Grow' about 10 minutes later. "I have a 16-month old daughter. It's a kitchen set for her," she said.

Store director Mike Brooks said this is the second year the big box toy store in Winnipeg has marked the biggest shopping day in the United States north of the border.

If the goal is to keep shoppers north of the 49th parallel, it's working.

"We ordinarily open at 9 a.m. And we opened at 7 a.m.. As you can see it was well worth being open," the manager said.

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