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November 19, 2013

Black Friday starts Thursday

NORMAN —

Many Norman stores will open on Thanksgiving this year, getting a jump start on the sales offered on Black Friday, including many retailers at Sooner Fashion Mall.

“We have several stores that are going to be opening on Thanksgiving,” said Sooner Mall General Manager Lynn Palmerton. “We have a number of stores that are opening that evening.”

Old Navy is opening at 7 p.m. and the majority of the mall’s stores will be open by midnight.

“We have about 15 stores that will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening and will remain open throughout the night and all day Friday and will close at 10 p.m. Friday night,” Palmerton said.

The Black Friday shopping will kick off extended holiday hours. Longer hours will continue to extend throughout the holiday and some department stores will be open as late as 11 p.m. for holiday shopping.

“About 50 percent of our stores will be open at midnight on Thanksgiving and that really kicks off our holiday season,” she said.

Santa is already at the Mall to be able to speak with all the good boys and girls because there are so many he needs to talk to in Norman and the surrounding area, Palmerton said.

Many retailers along Ed Noble Parkway and in the University North Park shopping district will also open on Thanksgiving evening, check ads in the coming weeks for more details.

Most grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving these days so its never too late to buy that last minute ingredient needed for the perfect holiday dinner. At either Wrights Family Market location, 1440 N. Porter or 3623 W. Main, shoppers can also give back by donating $10 to a basic food package for The Christmas Store of Cleveland County. The basic package includes flour, sugar, rice, beans and peanut butter. Wrights has a goal of helping The Christmas Store with 700 of these food packages to benefit needy families and seniors throughout Cleveland County.

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