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Smartphone app helps shoppers find parking spaces at malls in St. Matthews

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season, and it’s also the start of the shopping season.

“I picked up some stuff today ... It's good to go before Black Friday,” Barbara Sutherland told WDRB News on Thanksgiving Eve.

For those planning to start their Christmas shopping on one of the biggest shopping days of the year, Mall St. Matthews and Oxmoor Mall have a tool to help you navigate the masses.

An app which can be downloaded on iTunes or Google Play will help you find a parking space and remind you where you parked your car.

But Black Friday isn’t for everyone.

“Unless the deals are awesome, I ain't trying to wait in line for it," Devaughn Hughes said. "It will be on sale again in a month or two."

On the other hand, waiting is no problem for the first person camped outside the Best Buy in St. Matthews. He’s been outside the electronics store since Tuesday waiting for the Black Friday deals.

But before we can get to Black Friday, Thanksgiving can’t be forgotten.

The new Holiday Manor Kroger was packed with shoppers getting a few final items or their entire Thanksgiving dinner.

“I'm here picking up last minute things, things that you forget about,” Sutherland said.

“This is the third time today that I've come in for ingredients that we just realized that we needed,” Peggy Murphy said.

“We pretty much waited until today to buy everything," Joe Gnau said. "It's kind of festive with the crowd and everything."

But whether it's a shopping bag from the mall or a cart filled with groceries, shopping season is officially underway.

“One shopping day to the next, you don't get a chance to break. You just go shopping,” Sutherland said.

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