BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – As soon as the turkey left the table, the shoppers hit the stores.
At least that was the case at the Southern Park Mall in Boardman, where the doors opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Stores later closed, and shoppers came back when they reopened at 6 a.m. Friday.
Lori Reda, the Southern Park Mall’s marketing director, said for some, shopping is as much of a part of the holiday as pumpkin pie.
“It’s become a tradition for some people,” she said. “You know, you have your dinner early, and you come out, and you start getting those deals on Thanksgiving night and then some people who want to come out Black Friday. So, you see a lot of families, people in their pajamas out, so it becomes a fun day.”
Reda said shoppers have more to look forward to next weekend, including breakfast with Santa and a Sounds of the Season concert featuring Country Artist Vanessa Campagna.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offered shoppers advice for the busiest shopping weekend of the year.
First, stores must clearly say whether there is a “no return” policy before a purchase is completed. Ads for holiday sales should clearly disclose important exclusions or limitations, such as limited quantities, restricted sale hours and “no rainchecks.”
Gift cards that can be redeemed in more than one place may lose their value quicker than those for a specific store. Paying with a credit card is usually safer, he adds.