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Most Western Pennsylvania malls plan to open at midnight

| Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 10:40 p.m.

Most of Western Pennsylvania's biggest malls will open at 12 a.m. on Black Friday, four or more hours earlier than they did last year.

Greeting bargain hunters in Friday's first minute will be Ross Park Mall, South Hills Village, Westmoreland Mall, The Mall at Robinson, Century III Mall, Clearview Mall in Butler, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Beaver Valley Mall, Washington Crown Center and Uniontown Mall. Monroeville Mall opens at 4 a.m., with some stores opening earlier.

Shoppers and retail tenants at the Robinson mall asked for two years for an earlier opening, said Shema Krinsky, marketing director, but anchor stores such as Macy's had to move first to make it feasible.

Krinsky expects two “shifts” of customers — an after-Thanksgiving-dinner group that stops at a big-box store then goes to the mall, and the traditional Black Friday shoppers who arrive at 4 or 5 a.m.

Century III is matching hours with its major stores such as Macy's and Dick's Sporting Goods.

“We noticed that shoppers who were out at midnight last year didn't stay around till 4 a.m. or 6 a.m. waiting for a store to open,” said Heidi Hoffman, marketing manager, adding the West Mifflin mall will offer free coffee, soft drinks and cookies.

The Tanger Outlet Center in South Strabane will open at 10 p.m. Thursday, and Grove City Premium Outlets at midnight on Black Friday, as they did last year.

Kim Leonard is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5606 or kleonard@tribweb.com.

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