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Many eateries opening early to fuel Black Friday shoppers

November 22, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com
  • The Golden Corral on Valley Mall Road, which normally opens at 7 a.m., will open Friday at 3 a.m. to cater to Black Friday shoppers.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

As shoppers hit the stores well before dawn on Black Friday, a number of area eateries will be open to give them a place to refuel.

When it comes to a much-needed caffeine or food boost on the largest shopping day of the year, Monica Jones, a spokeswoman for Sheetz Inc., said all area Sheetz stores will be open.

“Twenty-four-seven, 365,” she said. “Sheetz never closes.”

Starbucks on Garland Groh Boulevard will open at 4 a.m., an employee said. The coffee shop normally opens at 5 a.m.

Numerous restaurants are also adjusting their hours to coincide with the special shopping hours of Black Friday.

IHOP on Garland Groh Boulevard will open its doors to customers at midnight for Black Friday, General Manager Josh Nish said.

“Oh it’s definitely worthwhile,” Nish said of opening so early, instead of the usual 7 a.m. “We look to see a pretty good turnout.”

Some people will come to eat between midnight and 6 a.m., he said.

But the floodgates really open between 7 a.m. and noon, he said.

Golden Corral on Valley Mall Road, which normally opens at 7 a.m., will open Friday at 3 a.m., General Manager Adam Wallace said.

Last year the buffet opened at 5 a.m. for breakfast, but this year with many stores at the mall opening before that, the restaurant decided to push its opening earlier, he said.

Ruby Tuesday on Wesel Boulevard will open an hour early at 10 a.m., a manager said.

Michele Wills, spokeswoman for Valley Mall, said numerous restaurants in the food court will open early Friday to accommodate shoppers.

McDonald’s in the food court will open at 12:30 a.m., she said. Dairy Queen and Orange Julius will open at 2:30 a.m., while Virginia Barbecue will open at 8 a.m., she said.

Bavarian Pretzel is scheduled to open at 1 a.m., according to the mall website.

Stores in the mall will open at various times, Wills said.  

For a list of Black Friday opening times, she directed shoppers to the mall website at shopthevalleymall.com.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive near Premium Outlets at Hagerstown will open an hour early, at 5 a.m., for Black Friday, a representative said.

The McDonald’s on Sharpsburg Pike near Premium Outlets will open at midnight for Black Friday, said Kathy Yates of the Golden M Co.

The McDonald’s drive-through on Dual Highway near Sheetz and CVS will open at 4 a.m.

The drive-throughs at the new Northern Avenue McDonald’s and the McDonald’s on Dual Highway near Martin’s Food Store will open at 5 a.m., Yates said.

Lobbies at the Northern Avenue and both Dual Highway locations will open at 6 a.m., she said.

All of the franchise’s restaurant will be open Thanksgiving Day until 2 p.m., she said.

While some restaurants are changing their hours for the unofficial shopping holiday, some are sticking to their normal schedule.

Denny’s on Dual Highway, the restaurant known for being “always open,” will not close for Thanksgiving and will remain open, as usual, into Black Friday, a restaurant employee said.

Likewise, both Hagerstown Waffle Houses — on Sharpsburg Pike, also known as Md. 65, and just off Maugans Avenue — will be open regular hours, representatives said.

Each Waffle House is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, according to the company website.   

For those shopping in downtown Hagerstown, The Plum on Rochester Place will be open at 7 a.m. through 2:30 p.m., its normal hours, owner Sarah Ardinger said.

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