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VALDOSTA In just a few days, Americans will be feasting with family and friends, giving thanks for what they’ve received throughout the year and preparing to give during the holiday season. They will also be making plans for one of the most important shopping days of the year, better known to retailers as Black Friday.
It’s a tradition for some to wake up in the wee hours of the morning, dress quickly and wait patiently or not so patiently for the doors of their favorite stores to open. Early shoppers not only get first choice on merchandise, they can take advantage of great deals and special discounts as well.
Some retail stores plan for months in order to ensure the first official holiday shopping weekend runs smoothly. Extra employees are hired, entire staffs receive special training and security is increased. Hot items are conveniently stacked and organized for as long as they last.
Best Buy has some of this seasons’ hottest items including flat panel televisions, notebook computers, Playstation 3, XBox 360 and mp3 players, especially Macintosh iPods. Last year, the store had close to 400 people waiting for the doors to open. Recent sales along with popular gaming releases have led Travis Morgan, customer experience manager, to believe there could be as many as 600 waiting this year.
“We have been practicing and training for the season,” he said. “Customers should be prepared to wait in a little bit of a line, but we will be processing purchases as fast and accurate as possible.”
New mall stores and old mall favorites promise to bring in customers in droves. Old Navy’s popular winter fashions and low prices make the store a great place to find new winter wardrobes for the entire family.
PetSmart will have lots of popular pet gives and the other new stores will have their own great merchandise to offer. Belk’s always has great holiday sales as well. Guests can also take a break from shopping and try the mall’s newest eatery, McAlister’s Deli.
Just down the road, Lowe’s Home Improvement center is expecting high sales as well. Hot items will be grills, tools, outdoor power equipment and merchandise in the “Trim a Tree” section.
While the mall area will certainly experience high traffic this weekend, there are other areas of Valdosta that have a lot to offer shoppers. Summit Pointe has some unique retail stores like House of 10,000 Picture Frames, Kay Fuller Antiques, Perfect Settings, The Children’s Shop and Steel’s Jewelry.
Remerton has several cute shops with home decor, children’s clothes and much more, including Pernickety, Sweet Loves, Toads and Teacups and many others.
Valdosta’s historic downtown may be an unexpected but profitable shopping destination. After finding one of a kind gifts in new stores like The Vintage Dragonfly and City Market and old favorites like 109 Central and Mockingbird, shoppers can rest their feet and nourish their bodies at one of the area’s many new restaurants. Some may offer specials that weekend. City Market will have many vendors on hand to answer questions about their products and to receive special, custom orders for the holidays.
Lake Park Outlets is yet another area that has prepared for after Thanksgiving Day shopping. Liz Claiborne has select items on sale with buy on get one deals. It also has more staff and increased inventory. Polo/Ralph Lauren has already started the holiday sales and has hired 35 more staffers to handle the holiday overload. One of the outlet mall’s newest additions, Carter’s Children’s Wear, is expecting a lot of customers, due to their great clothing, good deals and “awesome” customer service.