People crowd the aisles looking for bargains during the traditional Black Friday shopping day at the Target store in Mayfield Hts., Ohio early on Friday morning Nov. 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) By Amy Sancetta
Nicole Coleman, 29, of the Bronx, N.Y., heads to the register after her early morning shopping at Toys"R"Us in the Bronx borough of New York Friday Nov. 27, 2009. (AP Photo/David Goldman) By David Goldman
Shoppers puckup Black Friday bargains at a Little Rock, Ark., Old Navy store shortly after 3:00am Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) By Danny Johnston
John Alexion, form Woonsocket, R.I., reads through the sales flyer for Sears while he waits outside the store early Friday morning Nov. 27, 2009, in North Attleboro, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne) By Stew Milne
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Stores throughout Missouri were crowded with shoppers early on Black Friday, and retailers are hoping for a strong holiday season.
Lines were already forming on Thanksgiving morning outside of some stores as shoppers tried to be first in line for deep discounts on electronics and other goods. Many stores opened early on Friday, offering big sales to those who showed up in the pre-dawn hours.
In Columbia, shoppers at a Toys R Us reported that customers waiting outside the store pulled hair, threw punches and shoved each other once the doors opened at midnight. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that police were summoned but made no arrests.