ERIC SHELTON | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT Belk employee Sharon Stewart straightens the merchandise Wednesday afternoon at the Natchez Mall in preparation for Black Friday. Belk will open at 3 a.m. Friday.

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Stores ready for you on Black Friday

Published 12:11am Thursday, November 24, 2011

NATCHEZ — The early birds will get the worms — and the TVs and the boots — during the busiest shopping day of the year — Black Friday.

Lionel Stepter, store manager at Walmart in Natchez, said the event is the perfect opportunity for customers to benefit from the store’s great deals.

“It’s good to see so many people in the store getting the items they want at great prices,” Stepter said. “That’s what we’re all about.”

Stepter said Walmart early bird specials will be staggered throughout the night at 10 p.m. today, midnight and 8 a.m. Those times also apply for Walmart in Vidalia.

He said the most popular items will be going on sale at midnight, which includes game consoles and television sets.

With a large crowd always expected, Stepter said he wants to remind customers to be safe and arrive early.

“The earlier you get in the better your chances are to get what you’re looking for,” Stepter said. “Because once it’s gone, that’s it.”

Mary Flach, store manager at Belk in Natchez, said she looks forward to this day every year.

“We love having that many people in the store, and we just think it’s awesome,” Flach said. “It’s definitely the biggest day of the retail year.”

Flach said Belk will open at 3 a.m. and that early bird specials will be available until 1 p.m. Those specials will feature deals on 285 products, including boots from $19.99 and fine jewelry up to 65 percent off.

Blaine Davis, store manager at Goody’s in Natchez, said the day is always a bit hectic, but that his experience definitely helps.

“After 20 years of doing it, you kind of get immune,” Davis said. “It doesn’t get easier, you just know what to expect.”

Davis said Goody’s will open at 6 a.m. and that early bird specials will be available until 1 p.m. Those specials will feature deals on more than 100 products, including digital photo frames, projectors and clothing.

  • Anonymous

    What has happened to “FAMILY”? People should have the opportunity to enjoy a nice day to spend with family and friends on a major national holiday like Thanksgiving. It’s a shame that so many will have to go to their place of employment instead of being able to spend a little quality time with family and friends. I wouldn’t blame store employees for being in a bad mood this coming Thursday at midnight or in the wee hours Friday morning. Our priorities are completely screwed up. Pretty soon there will be no Black Friday, there will be a Black November, October, September and August where everyday will be a Christmas shopping day. I guess if my birthday was June 18th, I should celebrate it on January 27th. Makes sense doesn’t it?

  • Kathy

    Ikr? Belk opening at 3 am? I feel for the employees of that store, and all the others in the area on that day!

  • Kathy

    Ikr? Belk opening at 3 am? I feel for the employees of that store, and all the others in the area on that day!

  • Anonymous

    Ill be fishin.

  • Anonymous

    I wish people would get their priorities straight. Family first, greed–never. What’s so important that you can’t have this another day instead of interrupting this one special day for family. BLACK Friday is a good name for it. Sorta makes one think of the Satanic Black Sunday. Where,why, and when did BLACK anything originate?. Squash their greed and boycott all of’em. Show’em who’s boss.   

  • Ham Bone

    The natives are already fighting at walmarks.  Shoplifting will be crazy at all the stores.  It’s sickining to see what our “civil”ization has become. SMH

  • Anonymous

    Well I for one think that if your employees are willing and you are paying them for the overtime, then it is a mutual agreement between an employer and employee to work the Black Friday deals.  The folks I feel sorry for are those “truly” disabled individuals who want to take advantage of those Black Friday deals, but because their caregivers are standing in lines for their own good, are unable to participate.  Doesn’t the Americans With Disabilities Act afford all those affected individuals the opportunity to participate.  I feel that by limiting the time the best deals are offered, between 3 and 6 am, is a violation of that law. Maybe stores should not open until 6 am thus atleast giving those individuals a little more of an opportunity to participate.

  • Anonymous

    There is nothing “civilized” about the “community”. They’ll use the shopping rush as an excuse to showcase their ignorance.