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Black Friday 2012 in Charlotte

These Charlotte Area Stores Open Early on the Day After Thanksgiving

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If you're even the smallest shopaholic, two simple words can get your blood pumping... Black Friday. For most people (and most retailers), the day after Thanksgiving signals the start of the Christmas shopping season. You may hear people say it's the biggest shopping day of the year, but it's not - the Saturday before Christmas lays claim to that title.

Black Friday has gotten bigger and bigger over recent years, and malls and stores seem to be opening earlier and earlier. Plenty of malls and stores have special events in addition to early hours.

Aside from the great deals, part of the fun of Black Friday is people watching. Of course, when you mix no sleep, long lines, early hours and great deals, things can get.... interesting. What's the craziest thing you've ever seen on Black Friday? Did two moms start pulling hair over the last Elmo? Was there a fight for the last blender? Did you wait in line for two days at Best Buy and live to tell the tale? Share the craziest thing you've seen or your survival story with other Charlotte readers.

If you know of anything that needs to be added to this list, e-mail me at charlotte@aboutguide.com, or contact me via Twitter or Facebook.

Malls

For mall locations, many retailers will be open earlier than the mall itself. These hours are for the malls specifically.

Carolina Place Mall
11025 Carolina Place Parkway
Pineville, North Carolina 28134
704-543-9300
Mall hours:Opening at 6 a.m.

Concord Mills Mall
8111 Concord Mills Boulevard
Concord, NC 28027
704-979-3000
Mall hours: Opening at midnight

Northlake Mall
6801 Northlake Mall Drive
Charlotte, NC 28216
704-921-2000
Mall hours: Opening at 6 a.m.

SouthPark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
704-364-4411
Mall hours: Opening at 6 a.m.

Other Shopping Centers

The Arboretum Shopping Center
Providence Rd. and 51 in South Charlotte
This shopping center features major retailers including Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, Old Navy, The Gap, Bath and Body Works, The Children's Place, Lane Bryant, Rack Room Shoes, and a Regal Cinemas.

Stonecrest at Piper Glen
Rea Rd. and 485 in South Charlotte
This major South Charlotte shopping center features Target, Gamestop, Chicos and a Regal Cinemas

Shops at Blakeney
Rea Rd. and Ardrey Kell in South Charlotte
This center features Old Navy, Marshall's, Target, Banana Republic, Off-Broadway Shoes and Target.

Major Retailers

Best Buy
Store hours: Midnight

Kmart
Store hours: 5 a.m.

Kohl's
Store hours: "Operation: Black Friday" sales start midnight Thanksgiving with over 500 early-bird specials lasting until 1 p.m. Friday.

Macy's
Store hours: Midnight

Office Depot
Store hours: Black Friday sale starts at 5am on Black Friday, all the sale items in the ad are valid all-day Friday and Saturday.

Target
Store hours: Sales begin at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day through 11 p.m. Friday.

Toys R Us
Store hours: 9 p.m. Thursday

Wal-Mart
Store hours: Midnight

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