Black Friday 

The doors to J. C. Penney and Kohls opened around 4 o’clock Friday morning. Most other stores were 5 and 6am.

Best Buy in Bangor opened its doors to a crowd of early bird shoppers.

The first person in line actually arrived at the store on Thanksgiving morning, at 9am.

Many retailers are banking on this holiday shopping season, with the economy in a slump.

Customers we talked with say they are budgeting this year, and making smart purchases.

And, if you think 4 am is early, the Maine Mall in South Portland opened at 12:01 Friday morning.