Black Friday shoppers are hoping for big bargains at the Academy

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – It’s one of the biggest shopping days of the year and people in the Brazos Valley were up early to snap up some big Black Friday deals. Some lined up at 5 a.m. at Academy Sports & Outdoors in College Station to start or finish their Christmas shopping.

The Academy team got to work at midnight to fulfill orders and prepare the store for a seamless shopping experience. Some of the shop’s most coveted offerings include:

  • 30% off Costa, Ray Ban and Oakley sunglasses
  • 40% off Magellan Outdoor drinking vessels
  • 50% off MSRP Proform Carbon TL Treadmill (was $999.99, now $499.99)
  • Up to 50% discount on all rides
  • $300 off KidKraft Hobby Workshop Playhouse (was $699.99, now $399.99)
  • 20% discount on all Ooni pizza ovens and accessories
  • Bikes for the family from $59.99
  • Up to 35% off Nike shoes

“We just have crazy daily offers,” said store manager Andrea Bloss.

According to Bloss, the store will have a steady flow of people throughout the day, she advises shoppers to keep an open mind and expect longer waits.

Academy was Stephanie Eaton’s first stop, she bought items like lounge pants and fleece hoodies and was also looking for a bike for her granddaughter. Not the biggest Black Friday shopper, Eaton enjoyed a quiet Friday morning shopping experience in store.

Academy shoppers hoping for big Black Friday deals

“When I pulled up here at the site I was really surprised because I was like, ‘Oh no, it’s really cool. I can do that,” Eaton said.

For Night Nurse Isaac Martinez, the Academy was his second stop that morning and was also pleased that there weren’t a large crowd or long lines. He didn’t have a list but was hoping to find some clothing deals.

Academy shoppers hoping for big Black Friday deals

“There were some good sales like 50% off jackets,” Martinez said.

Monica Whiteley and Allison Moore weren’t looking for anything in particular but found items that were 50% off and buy one get half off. Whiteley said she’s new to Black Friday shopping, but Moore has been doing it for years. Moore said she’s seen a big difference in the shopping experience over the years.

Academy shoppers hoping for big Black Friday deals

“In the past it’s been very busy, a lot of queues at the back of the store, and this year it’s not at all, so it’s been really nice,” Moore said.

The academy is open until 11 p.m. on Friday. Hours of operation are Saturdays from 8am to 11pm and the store is open from 9am to 9pm on Sundays

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