Whether you are skipping the turkey this year to shop or sitting down to savor a meal before hitting the stores, Midlands retailers have options for shoppers.
While some stores, such as Bi-Lo, Big Lots and Kmart, will open Thanksgiving morning, many retailers will wait until 6 p.m. to open their doors for “Gray Thursday” savings. And some won’t open until the early morning hours of Black Friday itself, shunning the movement to open earlier and earlier each year.
Savings continue into Saturday when small, local businesses are making a push for your buck.
Some tips and mall hours:
Shop local for a chance to win. Seven Columbia shopping districts – including Devine Street, Five Points, Main Street and surrounding areas, north Columbia, Rosewood, Two Notch Road and the Vista – have partnered with Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities to give consumers a chance to win a $50 gift card for shopping local on Small Business Saturday.
Simply make a purchase the Saturday after Thanksgiving from a locally owned business – many of which will be offering special deals – take a photo of yourself with the receipt and tweet it to @columbiaobo to be entered into the drawing. Don’t forget to use the hash tag #SelfieSaturday.
Pull an all-nighter. Some department stores throughout the Midlands, such as Belk and Macy’s, as well as 35 stores in Harbison’s Columbiana Centre, will open at 6 p.m. Thursday and stay open all night, finally closing at 10 p.m. Friday. Kohl’s will open at 6 p.m. Thursday and close at midnight Friday. Kmart will stay open for nearly two straight days, starting at 6 a.m. Thursday.
Rest up. If you’re the kind of shopper that needs a good night’s sleep before hitting the stores, there are plenty of options for you, too. Stores that won’t open until early Friday morning include Academy Sports opening at 5 a.m.; Nordstrom Rack opening at 8 a.m. and HomeGoods opening at 7 a.m.
100 Columbiana Circle
Thursday: 6 p.m. to midnight
Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Worth noting: 35 stores will not close overnight, staying open from 6 p.m. Thursday to 10 p.m. Friday.
Columbia Place Mall
7201 Two Notch Road
Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Worth noting:Some department stores, such as Macy’s and Sears, will open at 6 p.m. Thursday and stay open throughout the night.
Village at Sandhill
Clemson and Two Notch roads
Worth noting: Hours vary by store, with a cluster opening at 6 p.m. Thursday and another opening between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Friday.
421 Bush River Road
Friday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Worth noting: Belk, which is in the process of liquidating its inventory for a store closing, will open from 6 p.m. to midnight Thanksgiving and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.
3400 Forest Drive
Friday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Special note: Belk opens at 6 p.m. Thursday and remains open until 9 p.m. Friday.