Black Friday Brings Organized Chaos To Sioux Falls

Officials See Minimal Incidents And Vehicle Accidents

For many shoppers, the pre-Black Friday rush started immediately after the Thanksgiving turkey was finished.

The official day, however, didn’t see a stoppage of the shopping craze.

While thousands of people from around South Dakota and neighboring states came to the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls, Sgt. Sean Kooistra with the Sioux Falls Police Department said the area is “historically” calm.

“Outside of making our officers aware and just reminding them that these things are taking place and that it is that time of year, outside of that, we’ve actually not had to make an extra effort nor have more people on patrol for these types of things,” said Sgt. Kooistra.

Empire Mall General Manager Ron Soucie said they credit a staggered opening Thursday night for weathering the Black Friday storm.

Their stores opened gradually throughout the evening.

Soucie said positive attitudes by the patrons went a long way, as well.

“Everyone that was here yesterday wanted to be here,” said Soucie.

He also said one of their surprises came from the parking lots.

The lack of incidents around the Empire Mall helped keep traffic moving smoothly.

“The weather has been very advantageous to having a good, clean shopping day,” said Soucie.

The Empire Mall had its own security team on for Thursday night.

Several retailers also brought in their own door check security for Black Friday.