When the last plate is cleaned, and the last bit of cider drank, and Thanksgiving is winding down, many people will head out the doors earlier than ever for some Black Friday shopping, the biggest shopping day of the year.
“We’ve been working on staffing for a while,” said Manager Roman Zielonka. "We probably started preparing two or three months ago. There is lots of training, with learning how the TVs work, the tables, and phones work.”
Zielonka said that this year, rather than hiring seasonal help, many permanent employees offered to work extra hours.
"We have some very experienced employees working on Black Friday," he said.
For many businesses, Black Friday is no longer limited to Friday. While and are pushing the envelope with midnight openings, will open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.
As incentive to get people to put down the bird and turn off the football, Toys R Us and others all have “Doorbuster” deals for people who come out. These deals are usually big and for limited times only.
At , shoppers can get a free $50 Toys R Us Gift Card when they buy any iPod. Other deals include POWER WHEELS Boss or Barbie 12-Volt Ford Mustang Ride-Ons, now $199.99 each; 50 percent off LeapFrog Leapster 2, now $24.99; 50 percent off My Baby Alive, $22.49; 50 percent off a Riptunes 2GB MP3 Player with Video, now $14.99; 50 percent off Sylvania 7-inch Android Tablet or 7-inch Android Netbook, now $74.99 each, and much more.
At , televisions and smart phones promise to be the big Doorbusters of the night, or in the store’s case, early morning. There will be a Sharp 42-inch LCD HDTV for $100, a Samsung Laptop with 4GB memory and 320 Hard Drive for Intel Pentium for $299, Toshiba Smart Blue-ray Player for $39.99 and a ThunderBolt 4G LTV smart phone free with a two-year activation fee.
“I and my employees, are excited to open at midnight, we expect big lines,” said Zielonka.
at the also has big plans. Customers can get a Nook Simple Touch edition for $79.00, but you have to come into the store.
Once you’re at the mall, which wil be open on Black Friday from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m., stop by . In addition to showing movies all day on Thanksgiving, it will start shows on Black Friday beginning at 10:20 a.m. so that people who’ve taken advantage of early shopping can stop and relax for awhile.
Also at the mall, there will be complimentary coffee for the first 100 customers who visit Guest Services, compliments of , strolling mimes from noon to 2 p.m., a 101.5 FM food collection between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and pet photos with Santa on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.