LAURINBURG — While some may still be eating leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, others will be up in the wee hours of the morning getting in line to purchase electronics, clothes and whatever else they can get their hands on for the Black Friday sales.
But several interviewed by The Laurinburg Exchange said this year, they would not be taking part.
Christina Alston, owner of Christina’s Fashion for Less, said that she won’t be shopping for the Black Friday sales this week. Instead of standing in long lines she usually buys gifts for her son after Christmas when prices are lower.
Unlike many others, Terry Tallman, manager at Hi-Lites, doesn’t look forward to the Black Friday sales every year. She said that she hasn’t ever waited in long lines or camped out in front of a store to be one of the first to purchase heavily discounted merchandise. Tallman said that the only time she goes shopping during Black Friday, which isn’t often, is when “a grandchild wants something” like a coat or a pair of shoes.
Tallman is able to spend the most amount of time with her grandchildren during the Thanksgiving weekend than any other time of the year.
“For us, it’s a great family time,” she said.
Tallman also said she wasn’t a fan of how employees of certain stores, restaurants and business are open on Thanksgiving. She believes that Thanksgiving should be more about spending time with loved ones and less about people going out to buy things because “there’s plenty of other times to go shopping.”
“I have children that can’t come home,” Tallman said. “I don’t like that. It’s become a retail holiday.”
Sequanda Kirk of Laurinburg said that she wasn’t participating during the Black Friday sales either because she doesn’t have the funds to go shopping. However, she said that she thinks the sales are a good thing so that people can get the things they want or need for a good price.
This year many Laurinburg businesses will open and ready for crowds:
Walmart, at 901 N.C. 401, will be hosting Black Friday sales from 6 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday. Customers can stand in line to purchase their desired sale items no more than two hours before the time the item goes on sale.
The big ticket sale items Walmart will be selling are televisions, toys, and clothes along with many other merchandise.
Goody’s, at 1361 Scotland Crossing Drive, will open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday with electronic tablets being the big sale item of the day, priced at $50. On Friday the store will open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the cameras will be be priced at $20 for the sale.
Rite-Aid, at 101 Plaza Road, will be open on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lowes, at 901 N.C. 401, will be closed on Thursday. However, they will be open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and also on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Kimbrell’s Furniture, at 234 East Church St., will be closed on Thursday but will be open on Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Among other price-reduced merchandise in the store there will be queen sized beds on sale for $200.
Rent-A-Center, at 1682 South Main St., will also be closed on Thursday but will open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. They will also be open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some of the big ticket sale items they will have in stock are televisions, stereos, computers and will also offer different free rental agreements to customers.
Family Dollar, at 1221 South Main St., will be open on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Among the sales of other merchandise in the store some of the toys and electronics will be going on sale for a buy one, get one half off deal.