By Johnny Jackson
Their bellies likely will be full, their eager eyes glowing, as the clock strikes midnight.
Thousands of these holiday bargain hunters are expected to file into the Tanger Outlet Center in Locust Grove on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 27, just in time for the center's Third Annual Biggest Midnight Madness Sale.
The center will open at midnight on Thanksgiving night for shoppers looking to get an early start on the Black Friday weekend sales.
"Shoppers look forward to our Midnight Madness event all year long," said Tanger General Manager Holly Duffey.
On Thanksgiving weekend, they will have their choice of some 70 name brand and designer outlet stores, including Banana Republic, J Crew, Ann Taylor, Polo, Coach, Gap, Osh Kosh B'Gosh, Old Navy, and Nike.
Several of the outlet retailers will be involved in this year's Midnight Madness sale, offering special sales and incentives.
"It's the perfect opportunity for families and friends to get together, have some fun and kick off their after-Thanksgiving weekend shopping," Duffey said. "With all of the great deals they are going to find at midnight and during the weekend, Tanger shoppers know they are going to save plenty on all of the brand name gifts they purchase."
Beginning at midnight on Thanksgiving, the first 100 shoppers, 18 years of age or older, visiting the Tanger Shopper Services Management Office, will receive a free $10 Tanger Gift Card. The next 200 shoppers, 18 years of age or older, will receive a free "Chris Moose" plush holiday toy. No purchase is necessary.
Free refreshments will be available throughout the event, which will include gift-card giveaways. The center will also give out money-saving coupons to various retailers affiliated with the outlet center.
This year, Tanger will extend its Midnight Madness event to accommodate after-Thanksgiving shoppers, by offering a special Early Bird Savings on Friday, from 7-11 a.m., and Saturday morning from opening until 11 a.m.
The center will also offer its Night Owl Savings for those shopping Friday and Saturday, from 5 p.m., until closing, as well as an after-Thanksgiving Big Outlet Sale all day Sunday.
Tanger is located at 1000 Tanger Drive, just south of Exit 212 along Interstate 75 in Locust Grove.
On the net:
Tanger Outlet Center: www.tangeroutlet.com