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Despite economy, shoppers still in line
Times photo: Tere Dunlap The Wal-Mart store in Monroe opened at 5 a.m. Friday for the holiday rush. With the parking lot full, and more than 200 shopping carts in use by 5:10 a.m., store manager Ron Fager said it was the largest crowd he has seen in seven years, since he began working at the store.
MONROE - "All right, folks, here we go." Store manager Ron Fager's words to his associates at Wal-Mart on Friday morning marked the beginning of "Black Friday," the unofficial first day of the Christmas buying season, that this year arrived while the U.S. economy teeters on the brink of collapse.