LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Business was brisk but quiet around Colorado as shoppers headed out to take advantage of Black Friday deals.
An exception was a Walmart in Lakewood, where more than 100 protesters marched outside the store in support of the workers. Some held signs accusing the retailing giant of corporate greed and underpaying its workers.
A union-backed group called OUR Walmart was staging demonstrations and walkouts at hundreds of stores on Black Friday.
The Lakewood Walmart parking lot was half-empty by mid-morning, but shoppers were going in and out of the Walmart without incident.
Shopping was brisk in other areas. Long lines developed overnight outside Target, Best Buy and Toys "R'' Us stores in Denver.
In Colorado Springs, Sarah Ryals with the Chapel Hills Mall said they may have had record turnout for Black Friday shopping.
25 stores opened at midnight, which is the largest midnight opening ever.
She said shoppers seemed to be happy that crowds were spread out over a longer period of time.
Shoppers told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that crowds seemed to be calmer this year because of the earlier store openings.