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Workers at Middlesboro Mall gear up for Black Friday crowds

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

'Tis the season for holiday shopping at the Middlesboro Mall...

”We have several stores opening at 4:00 a.m. like JC Penney's, Sears, Shoe Show and Bath & Body,” Sheila Durham, the \Marketing Director of the Middlesboro Mall.

Some stores are opening earlier than ever before.

“Belk’s is opening at 3 am and we have 282 early bird specials until 1 pm and we are giving away 250 gift cards,” said Joy Beaupry, Belk's Human Resources Manager.

“They are ranging from $5 to one lucky person one card per store of $1000.”

Durham said that the mall is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 25. She also said that the bigger department stores are always going to open a couple of hours earlier.

“Always before we have opened at four,” said Beaupry.
“I think we are going to try this, I think we are the only ones in the mall opening that early.”

Workers said that they are ready for the traffic.

“Corporate has sent out a lot of emails wanting us to make sure that we have plenty of places for people to park and for them to be out of the weather,” said Beaupry.

They said that they are looking forward to customers clearing the shelves.

“It's really crazy sometimes especially if it is cold or everybody is huddled outside but we usually try to let the doors open a little bit earlier and get everyone inside to keep them warm,” said Durham.

Durham said she does not have any exact figures projected but the last quarter is looking to go smoothly. For more informatin, visit http://www.shopmiddlesboromall.com or check out the Facebook Page: Middlesboro Mall.


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