MIAMI (WSVN) – Shoppers with an eye for bargains flocked to South Florida malls to take advantage of some pre-Black Friday sales before malls close for Thanksgiving.
It was almost the most wonderful time of the year at the Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater when the early shoppers got into the holiday mood on Wednesday.
Thanksgiving night also brought the mall’s first magical snowfall of the season, an annual tradition.
“I think it’s pretty cool they do this because it’s never snowing in Miami,” Monica Martinez said.
“When it snows, it means it’s Christmas time,” Angelina Hernandez said
“Basically, we have music going on, kids with their wands, and we’re just enjoying a magical evening,” Dolphin Mall spokeswoman Madelyn Bello Calvar said. “It’s every night at 7 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 and 9.”
“I love Christmas,” said one child.
And what does “it’s almost Christmas” say more than Black Friday deals?
The best discounts of the year are already here, and shoppers are not waiting until Friday to grab them.
“I try to advise people to act early,” said Lilian Ledesma.
It seems that many people agreed with that advice. On Wednesday, there was heavy traffic at the Dolphin Mall and other malls in South Florida.
If you have not started on your holiday shopping, experts say now is the time to make a game plan.
“I bought an iPad for my son,” said one early shopper.
Dolphin Mall is one of several malls in South Florida that are completely rolling back Thanksgiving shopping.
Sawgrass and Dadeland Mall reopened at 6 p.m. Friday.
Aventura reopened at 8 a.m. Friday, and Dolphin Mall opens at 9 a.m. and remains open until midnight.
“It’s taking the pressure off of wanting to come Thursday night,” said one early shopper.
Walmart and Target will also close their doors this Thanksgiving, while CVS, Walgreens and BrandsMart will be open with limited opening hours.
Still, the National Retail Federation expects Black Friday sales to break records after falling off during the pandemic.
Supply chain problems can increase demand. Experts advise clients to take out early this Friday or consider Cyber Monday as an alternative.
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