Black Friday, except it’s Thursday Original
PREVIEW: Empire Mall Hopeful For Big Holiday Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Many people are celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, but some are gearing up for Black Friday.

According to the National Retail Federation, “throughout the course of the holiday weekend, 39.6 million consumers are considering shopping on Thanksgiving Day, 114.6 million on Black Friday, 66.6 million on Small Business Saturday and 33.3 million on Sunday. The shopping weekend will wrap up on Cyber Monday, when 68.7 million are expected to take advantage of online bargains.”

Some stores opened as early as 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. One facility that is joining in on the before Black Friday sales is the Empire Mall.

Target5 pm – 1 amregular hours
WalmartSales start at 6 pmuntil sold out in stores
Hobby Lobbyclosed8 am – 9 pm
Fleet Farmclosed5 am – 9 pm
Kirkland’s6 pm – midnight7 am – 10 pm
Kohls5 pm through Black Fridaydoorbusters until 1 pm
Ulta5 pm- 1 am5 am – 10 pm
Empire Mall5 pm – 1 am6 am – 9 pm
Bed, Bath &Beyond5 pm – midnightOpens at 6 am
Macy’s5 pm – 2 am6 am – 10 pm
Best Buy5 pm – 1 amOpens at 8 am
Game Stop3 pm – 10 pmOpens at 7 am
CostcoclosedOpens at 9 am
Sams ClubclosedOpens at 7 am
Home DepotclosedOpens at 6 am
LowesclosedOpens at 6 am
Mattress Firmclosed8 am – 8 pm

The Empire Mall is opened at 5 p.m. on Thursday, but retailers and shoppers prepared well before the doors opened.

“75% of our retailers are open today and the rest 100% will be open on Black Friday, but there are a lot that already kick started their holiday today,” Empire Mall Marketing Director, Kirsten Schaffer, said.

The Empire Mall opened its doors at 4:30 p.m. that way shoppers could line up outside their favorite stores.

Whitney Fowkes: Did you have to drag your parents out of the house, did you have to bribe them or were they pretty supportive about this idea?
Izzy Kirline: They were pretty supportive.
Emma Kirline: Yeah.
Whitney: Did you guys bring it up to them?
Emma: Yeah we had to show them what we want.w

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