Black Friday 2014: Shopping updates

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At 1 p.m. on Friday, Black Friday shoppers are out in force at Lenox Square and Mall of Georgia. The big deals are winding down, but expect the malls to be full throughout the day.

If you’re already over Black Friday (like the little person in the picture) you can look forward to Small Business Saturday, Goodshop Sunday, Cyber Monday and more.

Check the AJC Shopping blog for information that will help you get through the rest of the shopping week and the season!

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Parking updates (11:30 a.m.)

Malls and outlets are filling up and those big doorbuster deals are coming to a close. Most will be over by 1 p.m.

Mall of Georgia:
80% full

Northlake Mall:
50% full

Phipps Plaza:
Surface lots are at capacity
Decks are around 35-40%

North Georgia Premium Outlets
Outlet parking lots are 80% full – up 20% just in the past hour.

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What does Black Friday shopping look like this year?

Click on the image below for our gallery of  images from the metro area’s Thanksgiving Day shopping spree.

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We also have pics from the national Black Friday shopping scene here.

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Mall Parking updates (9:30 a.m.)

Lenox Square:
65% full
Best places to park are South Deck (Bloomingdales), West Deck (In between Bloomingdale’s and Neiman
Marcus) and Neiman Marcus Open Lot.

Mall of Georgia:
70% full

Northlake Mall:
50% full

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If you are planning to shop today, take a break from the big box store and spend some time shopping local businesses. Many of your favorite local stores are open and are offering Black Friday deals/discounts:

310 Rosemont : The earlier you arrive, the more you money you get off your favorite items: 7 a.m. – 10 a.m., 30 percent off; 10 a.m – 1 p.m., 20 percent off;  1 – 6 p.m., 10 percent off.

Bella Bag : Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, Bella Bag’s brand new Atlanta flagship boutique will host an all-day shopping event, complete with complimentary bubbly and gourmet chocolate tastes for customers. All regularly priced pieces from Bella Bag’s extensive authentic luxury handbag collection will be offered up at 25 percent off regular pricing and select clearance items will also be available for 40 percent off. The sale runs through Sunday, November 30th. Online at BellaBag.com get up to 50 off off retail on current handbag and jewelry styles.

Emly Benham: Open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. get 25 percent of select merchandise.

Sage: Get 25 percent off online and in store.

Teavana: (Atlanta based) For Black Friday Weekend get 40 percent off Teavana’s Best Holiday Sellers including Holiday Snowflake Tumblers (reg. priced at $28.95), Contour Tumblers (regularly priced $32.95) and the Perfectea Maker (reg. priced at $19.95) and select teas (Caramel Chai, Chocolate Chai, Caramel Almond Amaretti, Coco Caramel Sea Salt and Slimful Chocolate Decadence; reg. priced at $7.98 – $12.98 per 2 oz.).

White Salon and Spa : Purchase a $275 gift card and get a second gift card of $100 value for free

Winter Wren & William Wren: The earlier you arrive, the more you money you get off your favorite items: 7 a.m. – 10 a.m., 30 percent off; 10 a.m – 1 p.m., 20 percent off;  1 – 6 p.m., 10 percent off.

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It just wouldn’t be Black Friday without a good fight.

This year Wal-Mart had the usual scuffles in a few stores nationwide including a California woman who threw a punch over a $5 Barbie doll:

Now that Black Friday is becoming a popular event around the world, some other countries seem to be having similar issues.

Our British brethren were also in a fighting mood .

I didn’t hear of anything like this happening in the metro area. Hopefully things will stay calm.

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Black Friday early Morning update:

Here’s the line at Best Buy at 6 a.m., two hours before opening:

 

Here’s the parking lot at Wal-Mart just after 6 a.m.

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Safe to say, Black Friday is off to a slow start. Not surprising. Thanksgiving was clearly the day for retailers’ biggest shopping events.

Most mall parking lots at local malls and outlets are less than half full. We’ll see if the action picks up later this morning.

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It’s almost midnight, which means it will actually be the real Black Friday. If you’re heading out to shop, here are a few things to remember:

  • Stores that aren’t already open will begin opening as early as 5 a.m. (Lowe’s, Home Depot, Academy Sports). Most doorbuster deals will be done by 1 p.m.  Some end at 11 a.m.  See here for a list of store opening times and mall hours.
  • There are a few planned protests, one of which is supposed to take place near Lenox Square. No word on how large it will be or exactly where it will take place, but it could impact traffic.
  • ICYMI: Tips for Black Friday road warriors

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Outlet Malls seeing heavy traffic (11 p.m.):

North Georgia Premium Outlets
Outlet parking lots are still 100% full.
Fossil, Hartstrings, Reebok/Rockport and several other retailers have reported high levels of shoppers in their stores.

NGPO Michael Kors 11 p m

Calhoun Premium Outlets
Outlet parking lots are 80% full.
Best parking bets: down by Nike, Ann Taylor and the Loft. Almost all spaces are full right in front of the stores.

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The rundown on storewide discounts:

Stores offering 50% off: Aldo, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic (1 item only), Gap, Express, Abercrombie, etc.

40% off American Eagle, 7 for all Mankind, C Wonder, etc.
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What’s happening at Wally World (9:15 p.m.)

Over an hour after the last round one-hour guarantees at Wal-Mart, some metro area stores are still flooded with customers.

Dunwoody store has wait times well over 35 minutes for check out.

Reports from the Southside say Ellenwood store was packed and parking lot is 100% full.

That’s it for their one-hour guarantee doorbusters until tomorrow at 6 a.m.
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Crowd control updates:

Employees at one local Target predict an uptick in traffic around midnight. This year’s sleeper doorbuster? A $30 folding fire pit.

As expected Apple iPad air and many more popular. The higher priced models (iPad air 2 for $499 with $150 target gift card) are among the only ones still remaining in store.
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Parking updates (7:30 p.m.):

Town Center at Cobb
Mall parking lots are 55% full.

Mall of Georgia
Mall parking lots are 85% total with Macy’s, JCPenney and Belk with lots at 85%. Best parking bets: Near mall doors by Nordstrom and The Village

Northlake Mall
Mall parking lots are 55% full.

North Georgia Premium Outlets
Outlet parking lots are 65% full.
Cars continue to fill the parking lot.
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One woman’s strategy for shopping on Thanksgiving:
Cook dinner on Wednesday.
Head to Target at 10 AM to wait on line.
Buy big screen TV, go to Walmart.
Buy Xbox.
Go home.
8 p.m., eat Thanksgiving dinner
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Overheard at Best Buy Edgewood:
Kid: dad are we really going in?
Dad: yes
Kid: but I won’t be able to breathe!

It’s true there are a lot of people chasing the 40 inch insignia television but breathing is not an issue.

Police officers posted at the door were surprised the line was so short. Most shoppers in the store are claiming TVs.

The trickiest part is navigating the caution tape which seems to be randomly dividing and blocking off aisles.
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It’s 4 p.m., do you know which stores are opening for Thanksgiving Day shoppers?

hhgregg is open until 12 a.m. (re-opens Friday at 7 a.m.)

Old Navy is open with 50 percent off the entire store through Friday.

At 5 p.m., JCPenney, Stein Mart, Toys “R” Us and Best Buy open their doors.

And speaking of Best Buy, as in years past, there are folks camped out at the stores in Buckhead and Perimeter. No doubt they are seeking the 50-inch Panasonic for $200 or $100 off any iPad Air 2. Today’s doorbusters end at 1 a.m. Store employees started handing out tickets to those in line at 3 p.m. Friday doorbusters begin at 8 a.m. and tickets will be handed out between 7 and 8 a.m.

See here for a quick list of store opening times and mall hours.


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