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Dave Olson, Published November 05 2013

Black Friday starts at 8 Thanksgiving evening for some West Acres stores

FARGO – The West Acres Shopping Center has released Black Friday hours for a number of the mall’s stores.

For some stores, Black Friday is starting at 8 Thanksgiving evening, including Macy’s, Sears, Herberger’s and JCPenney.

Shopping center doors will also open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with other businesses likely to open at the same time, though official information about which stores will be doing that was not available Tuesday, said Alissa Sorum, West Acres marketing director.

She said some stores will open at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving, but there was no official word on specific businesses.

Sorum said some mall stores will open at midnight Thanksgiving night, while others will open at 6 a.m., 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Black Friday.

All stores in the mall will be open by 9 a.m. on Black Friday, she said.

In 2012, some West Acres stores opened at midnight Thanksgiving night.

With several of the mall’s department stores planning to open earlier this year, it was decided to adjust hours for the entire mall, Sorum said.

“By opening our doors at 8 p.m. [on Thanksgiving], we’re also giving other retailers without outside doors the option to open early,” Sorum said.

Chris Heaton, West Acres property manager, said decisions regarding Black Friday starting times are not easy ones to make.

“We respect and understand that family time is important,” Heaton said. “But we also know Black Friday shopping is often part of a new family tradition.”

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