HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Malls might be quiet now, but in just a few days the biggest sales day of the year will have the halls erupting with Black Friday shoppers.
"The national retail federation is prediction a 3.9 percent increase in retail sales compared to 3.5 percent last year," said Michele Wills, marketing director for Valley Mall in
Stores are opening earlier that ever before, with many national retail chains starting their Black Friday sales on Thursday.
"Each year it's gotten earlier and earlier, and we have over 60 stores that will be opening at this year," said Angie Riford, marketing director of Hagerstown Premium Outlets.
That gives shoppers about 25 hours to shop till they drop.
"Certain stores will have discounts for just certain hours of the day," said Riford, "And that's something new that we're doing this year."
With retail stores opening earlier and earlier, malls are offering tips to shoppers to enhance their Black Friday experience:
- Remember to be cautious when parking. Pay extra attention to pedestrians in the parking lot.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Wear layers, as weather might be unpredictable.
- Check out sales before you visit retail stores. Map up where you might want to visit, and plan for flash sales - something new that a lot of retail stores are offering.
- Above all be courteous, relaxed and enjoy the experience!