Columbia stores, customers anticipate Black Friday rush

Many stores will open at 5 or 6 a.m.
Thursday, November 26, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 12:20 a.m. CST, Thursday, November 26, 2009

COLUMBIA — It’s long before sunrise on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Hundreds of eager shoppers stand outside the doors of department stores in hopes of beating out fellow buyers and getting their hands on the hottest deals in town.