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Early start for South Florida shoppers ahead of Black Friday; Dolphin, Dadeland among malls closed for Thanksgiving – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

MIAMI (WSVN) – As hundreds of thousands of folks throughout the nation hit the street for Thanksgiving, many are already hitting the shops to fill out these vacation purchasing lists ahead of Black Friday.

The finest reductions of the year are already right here, and shoppers aren’t ready until black Friday to snag them.

7News cameras captured shoppers at Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater, Wednesday afternoon.

“I try do advise people to shop early,” mentioned an early shopper.

If you haven’t began your vacation purchasing, consultants say now’s the time to nail down a sport plan.

Dolphin Mall is one of a number of South Florida malls rolling again Thanksgiving purchasing altogether.

“It takes the pressure off wanting to come Thursday night,” mentioned Lilian Ledesma.

Sawgrass and Dadeland malls are scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. on Friday.

Aventura is ready to reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday, and Dolphin Mall will open at 9 a.m. and stay open till midnight.

“The employees have had a hard year. I think it’s great that they’re getting the time off they deserve,” mentioned Ledesma.

Walmart and Target are additionally closing their doorways this Thanksgiving, whereas CVS, Walgreens and BrandsMart might be open with restricted hours.

Some folks have already determined in opposition to becoming a member of Miami’s purchasing rush.

“A lot of people, you know, the whole COVID situation and, you know, just for safety reasons,” mentioned an early shopper.

Still, the National Retail Federation anticipates Black Friday gross sales will break data after dropping off throughout the pandemic.

“I’m going to take advantage. This mall has great deals,” mentioned an early shopper.

According to Consumer Reports, shops are providing as a lot as 70% off gross sales objects.

Shoppers who spoke with 7News mentioned they’re purchasing for “clothes, shoes” and tech items.

“An iPad for my son,” mentioned an early shopper;

Supply chain points could drive up demand. Experts advise shoppers to move out early this Friday or contemplate Cyber Monday instead.

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