The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year. And from local shops to large chains, retailers are preparing for eager Hub City shoppers.
"We expect it to be a really big day. It's really the kick off to the Christmas season," says Paul Cimino of Building Blocks, a local toy store. "Actually I'm ordering more stuff so I have it in store next week when we hope we'll need to refill our shelves, real quickly," he says.
Beth Bridges, Marketing Manager at South Plains Mall, says "The best advice this year is to shop early. That's going to be when you get the best sales, discounts and selection."
But just how early? Serious shoppers listen up. The rush hour for Black Friday starts around 4 a.m. and lasts throughout the entire day. With stores offering lots of deals it's important to do your homework before you shop. If you have your eye on a particular item or just want to see what's out there retailers suggest checking the store's website for the most up to date deals.
Time is precious and some offers expire after a few hours or as soon as a store sells out. "If you see something we advise you to go ahead and get it, if you want it, because it might not be there when you come back," says Bridges.
Whether you're browsing or buying this Friday is the official start of the Christmas season. "Actually I just want to get out in the fun of all the hustle and bustle of it all and do some Christmas shopping," said shopper Terry Stanfill.
Here's a look at some of the opening times for some area stores:
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