'Tis the year for shopping.
is going , but that is not stopping the mall from doing it big for Black Friday.
Southridge will open at 3 a.m. while other area malls will be be opening at 5 a.m. The mall already has a dozen retailers, both anchor and non-anchor, that have announced that they are opening at midnight. Southridge manager Mary Mokwa says the list will continue to grow over the week.
For the first time Old Navy will be opening on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The mall will be closed, but will have one entrance open for Old Navy customers. The store will then reopen again at midnight.
Mokwa said that some stores last year said they regretted not opening at midnight.
“Most stores say it does help their sales and helps customers when they open at midnight,” Mokwa said.
Over the past few years the state of the economy has slowed down some shoppers. Mokwa says she has noticed an increase this season.
“Based on the traffic flow we been seeing over the past several weekends it’s just been building and building,” Mokwa said. “I think that in 2008 and 2009 everyone was being more cautious. I think we’re past that. People are showing more confidence.”
Stores opening at midnights as of Nov. 21:
Stores opening at 4 a.m.:
Check back as the list updates!