Black Friday sales bring crowds to Sumter businesses


Rare deals and must-have products made the weekend after Thanksgiving successful for local businesses participating in Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

Friday was definitely one of Simpson Hardware's best days, said Shawn Matthews, manager of the store on Wesmark Boulevard.

Matthews said it's safe to say that thousands of people came to the store on Friday.

The parking lot was overflowing, he said.

With all of the regular costumers, Matthews said Friday felt like a gathering.

The local store sold out of key clothing items, gaming cameras and a firearm that was on sale.

During the Thanksgiving week, the family at Simpson was very thankful for the support the store received, he said.

Simpson also had a great day in Clarendon County at its Manning location.

Lorraine Dufresne, an employee of Olive Branch Christian Bookstore, said the store had steady traffic Friday and Saturday.

There's no way to guess how many customers came by, she said.

This Black Friday was the biggest so far, said Phil Sports, owner of Music Gator.

He said the music store's success was mostly because of an annual deal where limited-edition vinyl records are available. Once the records sell out, no one can get them anymore.

That deal is usually only offered in April, he said.