Real Black Friday as stores lose power at NJ mall

AP News
Posted: Nov 27, 2009 3:24 PM

Black Friday began truly black at one New Jersey Mall.

Customers at the Radio Shack store in the Bridgewater Commons Mall used flashlights to search for high-tech bargains as a power outage affected several stores shortly after the mall's 6 a.m. opening.

The staff used handwritten tickets to process sales before the lights came on there and at most other stores about 45 minutes later.

However, Bloomingdale's _ one of the mall's anchors _ remained in the dark as of 2 p.m., and it was not known when or if power would be restored there. Employees standing at the store's entrances handed out $15 mall gift cards.

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The cause of the outage remained unclear Friday afternoon.