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STORES PREPARE FOR BUSIEST SHOPPING DAY OF YEAR Black Friday bounty

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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 4:11 pm

BRANSON — Retailers say they’re ready to go for the busiest shopping day of the year this Friday, Nov. 23.

The day after Thanksgiving, commonly referred to as Black Friday, brings some of the best deals stores have to offer.

Branson Landing is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at select stores Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving day, and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Some stores are opening prior to 8 a.m.

Kitchens, located at Branson Landing, will be open by 6 a.m. Black Friday, Manager Teresa Lawrence said.

To appeal to customers, Lawrence said the store will offer coffee, tea and gourmet food samples and a number of doorbuster items.

Other items will be offered at discounted prices with additional free items such as Orka oven mitts with free potholders, Orka basters with free poultry sheers and Kyosera ceramic parring knives with a free ceramic peeler.

Gary Brown, manager of Kirkland’s Home Decor, also at Branson Landing, said his store has twice the amount of inventory it normally would out on the sales floor.

His staff also has been increased for the holiday season, numbering in the 30s when it would normally be in the teens.

Brown said the preparations are called for.

“The Saturday of Veterans Day weekend was very busy,” he said. “This store saw 5,373 people that day, and like a lot of retailers, we’ve started our Black Friday sales early.”

On Friday, Kirkland’s will offer framed art, Christmas stockings and console tables, among other items. The store also will have some items on sale through the three-day weekend, including picture frames and statuettes.

To attract even more shoppers, the complex is hosting prize drawings each hour from 9 a.m. and at noon, giving away TVs and other electronic devices to those in attendance.

Silver Dollar City is getting in on the action, holding extended hours and offering early-bird specials from 8-10 a.m. Friday.

Publicist Erin Gregory said this will be the second year Silver Dollar City has offered merchandise sales on the day after Thanksgiving.

Jamie Whiteis, Tanger Outlet Center general manager, said stores at the center will kick things off early.

“All the stores will open at 10 p.m. Thursday and remain open for 23 straight hours until 9 p.m. Friday,” Whiteis said.

The property is prepared for what Whiteis said will likely be capacity crowds.

“We’ll probably be at capacity in our parking lot by 9 p.m. (Thursday),” Whiteis said. “We’ve got all of it detailed out in our plan, and we make the city of Branson aware of it, too. They know what our hours are.”

Whiteis recommended people understand what conditions will be like.

“Most people know it is going to be a mess, so they just plan accordingly,” he said. “Just be aware that it is the busiest shopping day and night of the year. Be prepared and pay attention to what the weather is going to do.”

Molly Philhours, a Walmart spokesperson at the company’s corporate office in Bentonville, Ark., said company associates around the country have been preparing for Black Friday since the day after Christmas last year.

Walmart stores will offer three waves of sales, beginning at 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, and at 5 a.m. Friday.

Philhours said the initial sale is for toys, apparel and items for the home. The 10 p.m. sale includes electronics such as laptop computers and big screen TVs. The Friday sale includes an assortment of items.

She said the company also has a new offer for customers this year, a one-hour guarantee.

From 10-11 p.m. Thursday, customers who are in line to purchase one of three guaranteed items — Apple iPad 2s, 32-inch Emerson TVs and LG Bluray players — will get those items, so long as they are paid for at that time, before Christmas, even if the specific location runs out of stock Thursday night.

Kohl’s department store is also offering Friday deals.

Erin Kelbe, corporate communications spokeswoman, said people can preview the sales items on kohls.com.

Kelbe said clothing, electronics, toys and jewelry all will be included in Kohl’s Black Friday sales.

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