As Thanksgiving concludes Thursday evening, shoppers throughout the area will begin gearing up for Black Friday.
The Arnot Mall will likely be a popular destination. However, it will not be open until 5 a.m. Friday this year.
Unlike previous years, the mall has elected to remain closed Thanksgiving day to give its employees time to spend with loved ones.
“Black Friday has creeped more and more into the Thanksgiving Holiday the last several years,” Arnot Mall Marketing Director Meghann Reed said in a statement. “We want to give our store employees an opportunity to celebrate with their families before the holiday season kicks off.”
“The early opening in the past also created a very long shopping event that somewhat took the excitement out of the Black Friday experience,” she added. “We want to bring the excitement back to the annual event while at the same time give our ‘Arnot Mall family’ time with their families.”
The mall will have refreshments available in Center Court Friday morning for shoppers, along with music, activities and giveaways.
Individual store hours will be posted on the mall’s website as they become available, as well as Black Friday offers.
Over at the Corning Museum of Glass, the museum store will open its doors at 7 a.m. for its Just After Thanksgiving Sale.
The store will offer a variety of items anywhere from 20-90 percent off. There will be more than 10,000 items available that were delivered by more than a dozen semi-truckloads throughout the course of the week.
One of the items in particular includes approximately 70 different styles of Tiffany-inspired lamps.
“This is a tradition that Corning residents have enjoyed this time of year,” Meghan Bunnell of the museum shop buyer group said. “We look forward to continuing to provide that experience, and making it an enjoyable shopping experience.”
“We do this for the community,” she added.
While the sale extends through the weekend - opening at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday - Bunnell said shoppers should arrive at 7 a.m. Friday for the best rock-bottom deals.