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Winnipeg malls expecting record numbers for Black Friday

A shopper walks out of a store in Polo Park in Winnipeg.
A shopper walks out of a store in Polo Park in Winnipeg. Talia Ricci / Global News

WINNIPEG — With the Grey Cup bringing thousands of tourists and the low Canadian dollar, Black Friday is shaping up to be a recipe for good shopping.

“It’s already a big day for us, comparable to Boxing Day,” Deborah Green, manager of Polo Park said. “But with the Grey Cup happening we are already seeing tourists and more traffic than usual.”

Many of the deals at Polo Park have already started. And some stores and malls like Grant Park are advertising earlier sales.

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“We wanted to have a less crowded shopping experience for our customers so we are doing an event Thursday night instead,” Corey Quintaine at Grant Park said.

“We’ve done this for three years but I’m definitely seeing more of an interest and more customers this year.”

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Many shoppers said they are skipping out on heading to the U.S. because of the low Canadian dollar, and the good deals in their own backyard.

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