On your mark, get set, go


Staff writer

After the turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie has settled in people’s stomachs, it’s time to gather the credit cards and hit local stores.

Last year, about 60,000 people shopped Kitsap Mall in Silverdale on Black Friday, according to mall spokeswoman Stacey Ames, and they are expecting huge crowds again.

“Black Friday is certainly one of our busiest days of the year,” she said. “People can get great deals then.”

A couple department stores and The Disney Store will open at 4 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, but the remainder of the nearly 115 stores and kiosks will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the start of the holiday shopping season.

“The department stores always have door busters for those early morning people,” Ames said. “These are people who want to get out there and enjoy the holiday season.”

Kitsap Mall is offering an exclusive pajama party for the first 50 shoppers who hit the plethora of stores bright and early. The pajama party starts at 5 a.m. in the north court of Kitsap Mall and early morning pajama-clad shoppers will be treated to pastries, chai tea, holiday music, a free gift and a photo with Santa in his pajamas.

“We’ve got some special gifts and coupons,” Ames said. “It’s a good special treat for those who want to get up that early.”

Ames said all of the Kitsap Mall stores see thousands of customers on Black Friday, but the department stores are hit hard in the morning.

“I think everybody sees lots of customers on Black Friday,” she said. “First thing in the morning it’s always the department stores.”

Although Black Friday is a busy day for Kitsap Mall, Ames said the Saturday before Christmas is typically busier. Last year, about 52,000 people descended on the mall the Saturday before Christmas, but the Black Friday sales were long gone.

“The Saturday before Christmas we had approximately 52,000 people, but typically more money is spent on the Saturday before Christmas than Black Friday,” Ames said.

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