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New app helps CT shoppers find parking spots at mall

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A new application is helping shoppers in Connecticut find parking this holiday season. (WFSB) A new application is helping shoppers in Connecticut find parking this holiday season. (WFSB)
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With Black Friday about one week away, a new application is helping shoppers in Connecticut find parking this holiday season.

'Tis the season for packed parking lots and they can quickly make anyone turn into a Grinch.

"It gets pretty crazy around Black Friday,” Logan Johnson, of Manchester, said.

"It is crazy and I avoid them," Charlene Fortenvach, of Manchester, said.

Now, one retail manager said "they have an app for that.”

Retail manager General Growth Properties, who owns the Shoppes at Buckland Hills and the Brass Mill Center, used heat maps enabled by GPS data to show open parking spaces.

Finding a parking spot is easy with the new app. A user puts in their city and state or zip code. Then, that person chooses a shopping center. Green means available parking. People can even find spaces closest to their favorite store or restaurant.

"I do have my list and I do have my plans and that would help me a lot,” Fortenvach said.

"Mobile technology, continues to play an important role in the shopper's path to purchase and GGP is committed to leveraging it to provide shoppers with a more convenient, engaging, and positive experience,” General Growth Properties CEO said in a statement on Friday.

However, not everyone was on board with the idea. Some said they're old school when it comes to finding a spot.

"I use my iPhone a lot but I don't know if I would take the time maybe to do that,” Barbara Stitts, of Manchester, said.

To download the app, click here.

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