Celebrate Black Friday across town
November 23, 2010
Black Friday at the Tanger Outlet Mall begins at midnight. Every year mall management and participating stores offer goodies for early birds. This year Newpark and Old Town are also getting into the act with special events.
The first 250 shoppers age 18 or older standing in line at the Tanger management office at 12 a.m. will receive free $10 gift cards courtesy of Chase Freedom.
The cards are redeemable at all stores. Participating stores will also be offering specials throughout the weekend. Since last Monday, "Deals of the Day" have been available at Tanger’s Facebook page through Friday.
"We’re expecting big things again," said Tanger general manager Nancy Gray. "We have seen shoppers return and spend their money, and we’re looking forward to more of that."
Because outlet malls offer lower prices than traditional retail, Tanger has weathered the recession better than regional malls, she said. Her company is optimistic and many of the stores are as well, opening early at 10 p.m. Thursday to attract early birds.
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The Newpark Town Center is inviting the public to its first Black Friday event beginning at 2 a.m. in the parking garage below Best Buy.
The electronics retailer will open at 5 a.m. with special deals, and at least three other Newpark businesses are participating in a party to keep people warmed and entertained as they wait, explained Teresa Wharton, retail property manager.
Mountain Town Music is presenting the Daniel Day Trio Jazz Band staring at 3 a.m. Best Buy and Skullcandy are planning to hand out swag. Kneaders will provide free coffee and hot chocolate. Great Clips is expected to participate.
Best Buy general manager Brian Smith said the weather is expected to be about five degrees that morning. Camping out at the underground party will be much warmer and more fun, he said.
Enter the garage near Petco, he said.
Main Street-area businesses don’t often participate in the early morning sales, but do plan specials to entice shoppers for lunch or dinner.
This year parking on Main St. is free starting Friday and continuing through Dec. 17. Holiday lights in the neighborhood will be turned on sometime after 5 p.m., said Alison Butz, director of the Historic Park City Alliance.
Like Old Town, the Redstone Center merchants work to entice shoppers after the early morning rush. Tom Richardson, owner of Beadniks and association president, said Black Friday is celebrated more as the beginning of the holiday shopping season. There are several stores offering specials Friday, however, including Beadniks.
Richardson said most Redstone merchants are optimistic about this season.
"We’ve already seen a bit of an uptick in just the last few days. There’s some pent up demand We kind of feel we’re over the hurdle and things will jump back," he said.
No one is thinking they will "blow the socks off anything," he said. But most are predicting to be up from last year.
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