The day after Thanksgiving is known primarily for shopping. You typically find people waiting, some even camping out, to be the first inside to capture the best deals.
'Black Friday' is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Locally, Bonita Lakes Mall and other retailers say they are ready to go.
"We are absolutely ready for it. This is something we've been waiting for all year," said Brian Landor, general manager of best Buy. "We've been preparing for it and practicing for it since last Black Friday, so yeah we are absolutely ready."
"You can expect, definitely, a lot of people up here," said mall general manager Renee Williams. "Here are a lot of great sales going on throughout the mall, so you can expect a lot of traffic."
The main thing to be aware of is that most stores want to avoid any problems, so they will implement crowd control policies to make sure everything flows smoothly.
Many stores will open early.
"We actually open at 5:00 in the morning, but we actually start the line selling and passing out tickets at 3:00 in the morning," said Landor.
"We have several stores that will open earlier than our scheduled mall hours. Belk, JCPenney, and Sears are going to open at 4, so we are coordinating with them. Aeropostle will also open at 4:00 that morning," Williams said.
The mall itself will open between 5 and 5:15, and the stores will begin opening at 6 a.m.
People looking for the biggest sales locally can get some help here at wtok.com. Click on the banner at the top of the home page for a link to 'Black Friday' sales.