Monday, November 4, 2013

Black Friday 2013: 67 Ellenton outlet stores to open for Thanksgiving

Ellenton Premium Outlets returns with its Thanksgiving and Midnight Madness sales this year. (File photo/Bradenton Herald)

The newfangled tradition of Thanksgiving day sales and midnight sales return this holiday season, and as much fuss as people make about stores being open on turkey day, shoppers still turn out.

Ellenton Premium Outlets, 5461 Factory Shops Blvd., is capitalizing on Thanksgiving sales again with a good selection of stores opening at 8 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. (Complete list below.) Those sales feed into the annual Midnight Madness frenzy for Black Friday, where stores will stay open until 10 p.m. The following day stores will open at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m., and on Sunday stores will have extended hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fifty-one stores will be open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving, and 67 stores overall will be open before midnight this year so far -- more could be joining the list. The outlets had 76 stores open on Thanksgiving in 2012, and 55 stores in 2011.

The good news is that Starbucks, Hershey's Ice Cream, Kilwin's and Lindt Chocolate will be opening at 8 p.m. so shoppers can refuel between emptying their wallets.

Heck, why save the shopping rush for Thanksgiving? The outlets now have a Thanksgiving Eve sale on Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The outlets have some new additions for shoppers to peruse this year, too. Vera Bradley opened its third Florida outlet here in Ellenton last week, located on Alligator Court near Kenneth Cole. Crystal jewelry company Swarovski is also new, and Hot Topic will open Nov. 20.

(For Black Friday specials at the Ellenton Premium Outlets, check out this entry.)

After the football game and third serving of turkey, here are your early (late?) bird openings:

8 p.m.: Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Calvin Klein, The Children's Place, Coach, Coach Men's, Cole Haan, Converse, DKNY, Dooney & Bourke, Elizabeth Arden, Florsheim, Fossil, Go! Calendar & Games, Gymboree, Haggar Clothing Co., Hartstrings, Hershey's Ice Cream, Jockey, Jones New York, Justice, Kate Spade, New York, Kenneth Cole, Kilwin's Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream, Kitchen Collection, Lane Bryant, Le Creuset, Lindt Chocolate, Lucky Brand, Michael Kors, New York & Company, Nike, Nine West, Perry Ellis, Polo Ralph Lauren, Quiksilver, Rack Room Shoes, Samsonite, SeikoSkechers, Soma Intimates, Starbucks Coffee, Tommy Hilfiger, TravelPro, U.S. Polo Assn., VF, Vitamin World, Vittles, Zales.

9 p.m. Corningware, Corelle & More, Lacoste, Under Armour, Vans 

10 p.m. Bose, Brooks Brothers, The Cosmetic Company, Store Designer Fragrances & Cosmetic Co. - Lancome, Dr. Scholl's Shoes, Gap, Guess, HanesBrands, J.Crew, Naturalizer, Time Factory, Wilsons Leather 

Here are the rest of the holiday hours from Ellenton outlets:

Holiday HoursMon, Dec 2 - Mon, Dec 23Mon - Sat: 9am-9pm, Sun: 10am-7pm Christmas Eve: Tues, Dec 249am-8pm Christmas Day: Wed, Dec 25Closed After-Holiday Sales: Thu, Dec 26 - Thu, Jan 2Thu, Dec 26: 7am-9pmFri, Dec 27: 9am-9pmSat, Dec 28: 9am-9pmSun, Dec 29: 10am-7pmMon, Dec 30: 9am-9pm New Year's Eve: Tues, Dec 319am-6pm New Year's Day: Wed, Jan 110am-9pm


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