The Union Recorder

November 27, 2013

Local retailers ready for shoppers Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — As families and friends across the country gather around the dining table to enjoy a hot Thanksgiving meal Thursday, a lot of eager holiday shoppers are mapping their strategies to take advantage of special Black Friday sales that are starting even earlier this year.

Based off a preliminary Thanksgiving weekend shopping survey by the National Retail Federation, up to 140 million people plan to or will shop over the four-day weekend, with about 33 million planning to shop on Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday will be the biggest day of the weekend, with about 97 million shoppers.

Lemon Tree owner Shannon Stuart said this will be her first year offering specials for Black Friday weekend. The downtown merchant will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. A sidewalk sale will feature various items as low as $1.

“We will have a ‘Beat the Clock’ sale starting at 10 a.m. with 30 percent off full-priced purchases. Discounts will go down until 2 p.m. with 10 percent off and remain throughout the rest of the day. In addition, we will have other items 50 to 75 percent off,” she said. “We’re excited about Black Friday. I encourage shoppers to shop local because it keeps downtown and small communities like this alive.”

Chatter Boutique owner Amber Patitucci is excited to welcome shoppers at 8 a.m. Friday with various discounts throughout the entire store. Located off North Columbia Street in the Quiznos shopping center, Chatter will close at 7 p.m. Friday.

“We will have 20 percent off regular priced clothes and shoes, 50 percent off fleece leggings, camis and basic crew neck tees, and 30 percent off jewelry and scarves,” she said. “We will be completely restocked for Friday’s sale, including new Chevron scarves and Georgia state necklaces. We’re excited and looking forward to an awesome day and seeing all of the Christmas shoppers.”

Farmers Home Furniture will kick off its special two-day Black Friday event at 7 to 10 a.m. Friday and again on Saturday. Shoppers will receive 25 percent off their furniture purchases, 20 percent off any single toy and 15 percent off electronic items. Customers can also enter a drawing for a chance to win various prizes, including a sofa, recliner, five-piece dinette and a $500 shopping spree.

“On Friday, the first 75 customers will get free ear buds and the first 10 customers will get a free Blu-ray player with a $499 purchase,” said Kayla Williams, finance manager for the business. “This has always been our busiest day of the year. Customers are already waiting outside before we even open the store. There’s so much craziness, but it’s always so much fun.”

Some other store hours include: 

• Walmart - Special one-hour sales begin Thursday at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m. Black Friday will continue at 8 a.m. Friday.

• Kmart - Thursday from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Friday from 6 a.m. to noon.

• Hobby Lobby - Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• Lowe’s - Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• TJ Maxx - Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

• Office Max - Thursday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• World Hi-Fi Video & Appliance - Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Sears -  Thursday from 7 p.m. to midnight; Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Radio Shack - Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• Verizon - Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• AT&T - Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Stores within the Milledgeville Mall will begin opening at 8 p.m. Thursday. JC Penney plans to open with special door busters at 8 p.m. Thursday and will continue through Friday at 9 p.m. Belk will also open at 8 p.m. Thursday and continue through Friday at 1 p.m., offering the first 250 customers a free gift card ranging from $5 to $1,000. The store will remain open until 10 p.m. Friday with special sales continuing throughout the day. 

For more information about Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday specials, look forward to online, mobile and in-store promotions from retailers.

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