TULSA - The combination of extended hours at many large national retailers and the increasing popularity of online shopping may mean Black Friday will become a memory, rather than a tradition.
Throughout the Tulsa area, largely empty parking lots at shopping centers, malls, and major retail stores were the rule.
After daylight, the lots near 71st and Memorial began to fill up somewhat, but not with the overflow parking as has been seen so many previous years.
Out west, the Tulsa Hills shopping center saw a decent amount of business, but the parking lots were at most one-third full, and no one had to stand in long lines to check out.
Hardware stores actually seemed to be doing more business than electronics stores, as many people came in for deals on Christmas trees, lights, poinsettias, and other decorations.
Some retailers spaced their "door-buster" sales out throughout the day, so as to help spread the traffic as well.