What's In Store

Here’s what you should know for shopping in Charlotte on Thanksgiving or Black Friday

This year, Walmart opens its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
This year, Walmart opens its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Observer file photo

If you’re shopping on Thanksgiving or Black Friday in Charlotte this year, there are a few things to take note of before you hit the stores.

Some retailers, such as Walmart and Belk, will be open before many families have even sat down for their Thanksgiving turkey. Other retailers have opted to stay closed on Thanksgiving. Some include Costco, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Pagagonia, REI and Sam’s Club, according to a list compiled by BestBlackFriday.com.

At a few malls, shoppers will find several new retailers; other big-name companies such as Toys R Us closed all of their stores.

Here’s a look at what you need to know before planning your weekend shopping trip:


A number of retailers have opened stores in the Charlotte region over the last year.

The upscale underwear retailer Tommy John, for instance, opened its second-ever storefront this summer in SouthPark mall in the old Lululemon spot near Neiman Marcus. Also this summer, the cycling company Peloton opened a showroom in SouthPark, as did the upscale women’s boutique Trina Turk and home furnishings store Arhaus.

The luxury men’s apparel brand, Peter Millar, opened its first Charlotte store in the SouthPark area near the mall in September.

At Concord Mills, Kate Spade opened an outlet in September. Other new retailers that opened this year at the Concord mall include True Religion, Asics and a gift store called Man Cave.

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The discount shoe and apparel retailer Shoe Dept. Encore opened in a large space in March on the second level of Northlake Mall.

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont opened a second GW boutique in July in lower South End. The store sells trendy designer apparel, jewelry, shoes and accessories at low prices.

Kohl’s opened a store in October in the former Gander Mountain location in Steele Creek.

ANd Roses Discount Store, a wholesaler that sells everything from apparel to toys to home decor, opened this summer at Monroe Crossing in 28,000 square-feet of the space vacated by J.C. Penney.

Fewer stores

2018 was another big year for store closures as a handful of longstanding retailers declared bankruptcy.

Last spring, Toys R Us decided to close all of its stores nationwide, including six located throughout Charlotte, Pineville, Concord and Gastonia.

In October, Mattress Firm said it would close up to 700 stores as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The retailer closed seven stores in the area, including in Charlotte, Matthews, High Point, Gastonia, Indian Trail and Rock Hill, according to recent reports.

By the end of the year, Sears will close its department store in Carolina Place Mall in Pineville as part of its parent company’s bankruptcy filing. The Kmart in Rock Hill is also closing as part of that decision. Both are conducting going-out-of-business sales ahead of their closures.

Elsewhere in Charlotte, Staples closed its store in midtown Charlotte in July. The local retailer Ivy Citizens closed its SouthPark store this fall after operating there for only about a year.


A number of retailers are looking to do giveaways to lure shoppers to stores over Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Belk is giving away $1 million in gift cards over the holiday season at all of its stores nationwide, for instance. Every Belk store will hand out gift cards to the first 200 customers in line on Thursday, then to the first 100 customers in line on Friday.

J.C. Penney will be handing out coupons advertising $10 off $10 purchases, $100 off $100, or $500 off $500 at its stores.

Walmart, open all day on Thanksgiving, from 4-6 p.m. that day is giving away 4 million cups of free Keurig coffee and nearly 2 million free cookies to shoppers.

Mall hours

SouthPark is opening an hour earlier on Thanksgiving than it did last year. As was the case in years past, Eastridge Mall in Gastonia is closed in Thanksgiving, although Belk and eight other mall tenants will be open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Northlake Mall is open for four fewer hours over Thanksgiving/Black Friday this year. Northlake spokesman Scott Anderson said the mall decided to adjust its hours for the upcoming weekend based on trends that mall management has been noticing over the last few years.

Mall traffic is lighter from 6-7 p.m. and 11-midnight on Thanksgiving, and from 6-8 a.m. on Black Friday, so the mall this year will be closed those hours.

“So many retailers now offer the same deals throughout the week as they do on Black Friday, so shoppers are not as pressed to get to the mall early for the best deals,” Anderson said in an email.

SouthPark mall: 5 p.m. Thursday to 1 a.m.; 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday

Concord Mills: 6 p.m. Thursday through 9 p.m. Friday

Charlotte Premium Outlets: 6 p.m. Thursday through 10 p.m. Friday

Carolina Place Mall: 6 p.m.-midnight Thursday; 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday

Eastridge Mall: Closed Thursday; open 6 a.m. -10 p.m. Friday.

Monroe Crossing: Closed Thursday; 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday

Rock Hill Galleria: 4 p.m.-midnight Thursday; 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday

Northlake Mall: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday

Shoppers flocked to stores like Best Buy and Toys R Us for deals.