TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Clarence McFarlin knows what it's like to work a long night. He opened his engraving business 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night.
"All except for four hours, I worked the whole thing," McFarlin said.
Indianola Pecan House manager Betty Weeks says her heart does go out to all those employees who worked double shifts and then some.
"They were wore out. It was really hard on them, but we chose not to do that," Weeks said.
For the first time in the history of The Mall at Barnes Crossing, the facility was open for 26 hours straight. The jump start on Thanksgiving night was met with crowds. Early Friday morning, there was a lull in traffic for several hours, but Weeks didn't mind.
"Didn't mind the hours of after we added the cash up," Weeks added.
Mall manager Jeff Snyder is also adding up the numbers, and he is pleased.
A traffic count shows there were 113,219 vehicles on the mall grounds between 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 p.m. Friday. It's estimated more than 339,000 people passed through the doors.
While attendance remains strong, it's more stretched out.
The mall manager says next year many of these businesses may want to add more seasonal help to handle that work load.
"When you analyze traffic and analyze the pattern, you always look at ways you can better operate," Snyder said.
Candi Russell gives the new Black Friday hours a thumbs up.
"We weren't quite as rushed this year as we have been in the past," Russell said.
Snyder says the mall will once again look at hours of operation for next year and with the rapid changes in the industry, it's anyone's guess when the doors will open.