Retailers say the holiday shopping season appears to be getting off to a healthy start.
Here, in Springfield, store workers say crowds were big Thursday night until Friday morning as shoppers looked to grab some cut-rate deals.
Area police departments were out in force Thursday night. At least two people were arrested for shoplifting at the Wal-Mart on North Dirksen and another man could be facing charges for an altercation that took place in the electronics department.
A Wal-Mart department manager says at least a half-dozen police were stationed in the store Thursday night.