Shoppers, on your mark!

Black Friday gets off to early start in Triad
Nov. 21, 2012 @ 04:25 PM

Stave off the turkey coma, because Black Friday deals are coming early this year.

Several stores have extended their hours for the biggest shopping day of the year to include Thanksgiving day.

Belk at Oak Hollow Mall opens at midnight tonight, three hours earlier than last year. The store is giving away gift cards to the first 250 people in line, and one card is worth $1,000.

Target at Oak Hollow Mall also is opening its doors earlier this year, at 9 tonight, compared to their midnight opening last year.

“We are ready,” said store team leader Gerren Grayer. “(Wednesday night) my team will convert the store to our Black Friday layout, which will prominently display TVs, small appliances and clothes.”

According to the National Retail Federation, up to 147 million people plan to shop Black Friday weekend, a slight decrease from the 152 million who planned to do so last year.

“Though the Black Friday tradition is here to stay, there’s no question that it has changed in recent years; already there is a tremendous amount of excitement and anticipation surrounding retailers’ Thanksgiving and Black Friday promotions,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay in a release. “It’s critical for retail companies to constantly evolve as consumers do, and right now shoppers want great deals, good value, and convenience — exactly what we’re seeing with this season’s late and early openings, price-matching, layaway, and mobile offerings.”

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