Shoppers flock to Charlotte Premium Outlets in search of Black Friday deals

CHARLOTTE — Millions of shoppers across the country will head out early Friday morning in search of the best Black Friday deals this holiday season.

That’s good news for retailers that are still reeling from the pandemic. Channel 9′s Anthony Kustura is spending Friday morning in Steele Creek at the Charlotte Premium Outlets, where shoppers started to roll in before 6 a.m. when the mall opened.

Charlotte Premium has added a half a dozen stores just in the last year. They are 105 total stores at Charlotte Premium.

As inflation rises and online shopping becomes more popular, many malls are making improvements, such as adding designated ride share spots.

Shoppers are expected to spend more money this season compared to last year. However, inflation will likely have an impact.

Two-thirds of Black Friday shoppers plan to buy something in person this year, according to the National Retail Federation. In Charlotte, people are expected to spend more than $1,500 on holiday shopping, our partners at the Charlotte Observer are reporting.

Consumer experts also said the shopping season isn’t just focused on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

“Retailers know they need to sweeten those deals for these inflation conscious consumers,” said RetailMeNot senior editor Kristin McGrath. “And so, we’re already seeing some of the lowest prices ever on certain items.”

If you’re heading out to shop, Matthews Police say you will want to keep your bags and purse close, and don’t carry a lot of cash on you.

You should also be aware of text and phishing scams if you shop online.

Shoppers can expect rain throughout the morning Friday with steady showers lasting until the early afternoon.

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