The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 21, 2012

Black Friday set for an early start

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— There’s no time for a post-Thanksgiving Day dinner nap if you’re planning on braving the crowds to snag a Black Friday deal this year — some deals start as early as 8 p.m. Thursday.

Many online specials are already available and will continue throughout the shopping season, but in-store specials will start at Walmart Thursday at 8 p.m.

Electronics, such as televisions, cameras and laptops, will not be available until 10 p.m., but the 8 p.m. deals include gaming systems, clothing, household items, and DVDs.

A third round of sales will start at 5 a.m. Friday, a more traditional Black Friday time, and will include a tool kit, a 50” television, a sewing machine, Christmas trees, and more.

Many other Beckley shopping destinations are set to open at midnight for specials, including Dunham’s Sporting Goods and the Crossroads Mall.

“In addition to the midnight opening and exclusive discounts, there will be games and giveaways at Crossroads Mall, creating an enjoyable, convenient experience for the official kick-off of the holiday shopping season,” general manager Kathy Housh said.

Individual store opening times will be listed on the Crossroads Mall website, www.shopcrossroads.com.

Housh suggests making a list of your shopping destinations and times to be there, as well as preparing a budget.

“It’s a real tradition for a lot of families,” Housh said. “It’s fun for a lot of families to get out and be a part of the excitement.”

She also suggested dressing comfortably. Chick-fil-A at the Crossroads Mall will be giving away free coffee for shoppers and the mall will give away water.

Boston Beanery will open with a breakfast buffet at 5 a.m. and Santa Claus will be coming to town to take pictures with the kids.

Kmart will host multiple sale times Thursday and Friday, both online and in-store.

The Beckley location will start its first round of sales Thursday from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., a second round from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, then a final round from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday.

Kmart will also offer shoppers a layaway option to lock in the special prices.

For holiday shoppers who are looking for a way to support local business, consider shopping at stores around town the day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday.

“Small business is what our economy is all about, and if we’re going to create jobs, we need a healthy small-business community,” said Gil White, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

“Supporting small businesses at the holidays pays dividends throughout the year.”

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com