Black Friday Is Near

By Ben Wolf
Wednesday, November 22, 2006

For many of us it's turkey on Thanksgiving followed by an all out dash to the stores on Friday.

"It's a pretty scary thing. You really have to be prepared and know what you are doing in advance," said store manager Jessica Welch.

Shoppers are making their list as they prepare for black Friday and they say they're ready to shell out a lot of the green.

"Last year my mom and I got up at 4 o'clock in the morning," said Tonya Sanborn.

"We're getting ready. Santa Claus is coming, so we're getting a jump start on the season," added Corden Ashcraft.

Shopping centers such as the Lake Park Outlets are going all out with early hours. The outlets say they also have something for everyone.

"We're going to have free trolley rides to make it easier on shoppers to carry their packages, at least on Friday. We're going to have children's activities," said outlet property manager Linda Lester.

The Valdosta Mall is also feeding the frenzy. They'll be open at 5 a.m. Mall officials are also beefing up security to ensure safety for shoppers.

"We will have a few extra people on hand that day just because we are so busy and we will have Valdosta police on hand Friday and Saturday night," said marketing director Shelley Rehberg.

So get your rest because Friday marks the start of picking the right bargains and picking up plenty of shopping bags.

Experts say sales during black Friday have the potential to make up for losses that stores may incur throughout the year.