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Sawgrass Mills opening early on Thanksgiving for Black Friday shopping

Sawgrass Mills once again will open at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the second year the Sunrise mega-mall has opened on the holiday that kicks off the busy Christmas shopping season, the mall announced.

The outlet mall with more than 350 stores will close at midnight Nov. 23 and reopen from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 24, according to a news release. The mall will be open at 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 26.

Target will open at 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving, the retailer announced Monday. Other  stores and malls have not yet announced holiday hours.

In previous years, the Simon mall opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and stayed open for more than 27 straight hours, through 9:30 p.m. on Black Friday.

The mall will begin offering extended holiday hours starting in mid-December, but will be closed on Dec. 25: 

10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Dec. 15
8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Dec. 16
10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 17-21
10 a.m. to midnight on Dec. 22-23
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 24
Closed on Christmas Day
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 26
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 31
10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 1

Hanukkah is celebrated Dec. 12-20 and Christmas is on a Monday this year, which will allow retailers to get in a full shopping weekend before the holiday is celebrated.

The National Retail Federation is predicting the 2017 holiday shopping season to be busy, saying consumers will spend an average $967 this year, up 3.4 percent form 2016, according to its annual survey. Retail sales are expected to top $682 billion, according to the NRF. 

Parking at the sprawling Sunrise retail center should be a breeze. Last year, the mall recently opened a 1,700-space parking garage adjacent to the upscale Colonnade Outlets. Parking is free.

New stores for shoppers to explore include athletic apparel co,mpany Lululemon and Italian designer Dolce & Gabbana, Carlisle, Garage and Hollister and H&M, which is set to open in mid to late November, according to the news release. 

Sawgrass Mills is at 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise, 954-846-2350 or SawgrassMills.com.

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