GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Now that we’ve all had time to digest from those Thanksgiving meals, Black Friday has arrived- bringing along the holiday shopping season with it.
Bay Park Square Mall will be opening earlier than usual this morning for those shoppers looking to get a kick-start to arguably the busiest shopping season of the year. To help ease the madness that is Black Friday, Bay Park will be handing out Black Friday Survival Totes. But you’d better arrive early because these totes will be gone before you know it!
The complimentary tote bags will include items that will help you get through the hectic day of shopping, a variety of additional coupons, and gift cards from retailers, and five bags will have additional special gifts valued up to $500! Bags are on a first come basis and are one bag per shopper.
“You have Thanksgiving that you’re spending with your family or friends or other loved ones in your life and the dinners then, the next day, it’s all about the shopping,” says Kelly Schoen, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Bay Park Square Mall. “This is, naturally, our busiest season of the year. It is a lot of preparation leading up to in staffing and not only for our office but all of the retailers and the planning, the lights, and Santa’s arrival. It is a couple months, if not more, of planning prior to and just getting through the holiday season.”
After having time to digest those Thanksgiving meals, dozens showed up in a frenzy- in search of a Black Friday bargain. Hungry shoppers swarmed for the chance at earning a shopping spree of a lifetime. Hidden inside five survival totes were gift cards worth up to a value anywhere between 50 to $500.
“This is my first year ever doing it and the gift bags brought me here,” said Lindsey Destarkey from Oconto. “We were going to go to Appleton but this sounded better!”
“It was the excitement of it and the ‘Am I going to get it? Am I not going to get it?’ kind of that true Black Friday experience that I remember that I used to be able to do before I had to work it all day,” said Schoen. “No, but it really was enjoyable to see and when they did win just the over excitement that came across their face and happiness.”
Tayah Werner from Crivitz hit the jackpot- a $500 gift card was awaiting her at the bottom of her survival tote.
“At first I thought I wasn’t going to get it but then I had some confidence that I was and it turned out I actually got it,” said Werner.
But whether you’re ready or not, there’s one thing that’s certain- the holidays have arrived.
“It really does kick off that holiday experience and you really just see the joy on other people’s faces throughout the day,” says Schoen.
Bay Park Square will also be offering gift wrapping this Holiday season, beginning on Black Friday at 10 a.m. Gift wrapping will be offered in the North Wing in front of Build-A-Bear. All proceeds will benefit the Freedom House of Green Bay. Freedom House provides shelter, food, clothing, household goods and case management support to families struggling with homelessness. You can help make a difference this Holiday season and volunteer to gift wrap by signing up online right here.
The mall will be open until 10 p.m. Friday, with additional hours on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.