AURORA, Ill. (WLS) — Now that the feast is over, many are gearing up for a weekend full of Black Friday shopping.
Several stores opened early Friday after remaining closed on Thanksgiving.
And, experts say, you can expect more for your buck this year.
Black Friday shopping has changed over the years, and, on Friday, some people got started at 6 a.m. at the Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora.
Just before 1 p.m., Aurora police tweeted that the outlet mall had reached capacity. Police have temporarily closed the entrances and traffic is being redirected until further notice.
The mall was closed Thursday, and that was the case for most places.
Schaumburg’s Woodfield Mall also opened at 6 a.m. Friday.
The Fashion Outlets in Rosemont open at 8 a.m.
And Oak Brook Mall opens at 9 a.m.
It should be a big weekend for retailers, as a survey shows that 80% of holiday shoppers plan to buy things this weekend.
That’s 10% more than last year.
The same survey also said those shoppers will spend at least half of their holiday budget this weekend.
“Retailers know they need to sweeten those deals for these inflation-conscious consumers, and so we’re already seeing some of the lowest prices ever on certain items,” said Kristin McGrath, senior editor of RetailMeNot.
So it should be a busy day across the area.
Aurora police said there will be significant traffic delays, as the outlet mall opens.
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