"Just a tradition. I come with my son now,” shopper Teresa Bailey said.
"I just jet in and jet out to get my shirts for $29,” shopper Michael Whittiker said.
Concord Mill officials expected the 8,000 parking spots to fill up quickly. They also expect around 60,000 people to come through the mall on Black Friday.
"It's good exercise, get out the house, walk off the food and see what you can find,” shopper Marvin Matthews said.
"It's totes worth the wait,” Whittiker said.
Black Friday is also known as one of the busiest shopping days of the year, with lines of shoppers forming the night before, people waiting to snag good holiday deals.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they will be placing additional patrols around major shopping centers.
Police Capt. Ryan Kendall said these places include North Lake Mall and South Park Mall.