For those who like to get started with Christmas shopping during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, retailers in Cherokee County are ready for you.
In fact, the traditional Black Friday start to the shopping season is actually starting on Thursday, Thanksgiving day. Local retailers in places like downtown Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Waleska and Woodstock have their own special day — Small Business Saturday this weekend.
Here are the hours through Sunday for some well known retailers.
The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, 915 Ridgewalk Parkway, Woodstock
The 100-plus store shopping center in Woodstock is opening at 6 p.m. on Thursday and won’t be closing until 10 p.m. on Friday. That break will be short-lived, however, because the center is open again 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Canton Marketplace, 2202 Cumming Highway, Canton
The 47-store campus has a bit of everything from Kohl’s, Best Buy, Target, Books-A-Million and more, including lots of dining options from sit down to fast food for needed breaks. Target stores will be open Thanksgiving Day from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and on Black Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Target’s Saturday hours will run from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Most Best Buy stores will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, close at 1 a.m. on Friday and reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday for Black Friday shoppers. The stores will close at 10 p.m. Friday. Most store hours will be 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Kohl’s on Thursday will be open starting at 5 p.m. and will remain open through midnight Friday. The store will be open 7 a.m. until midnight Saturday and from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Sunday.
Canton Exchange, 2243 Cumming Highway, Canton
Opening last year, the center is anchored by Hobby Lobby and also houses HomeGoods, Tuesday Morning, Party City and more.
Hobby Lobby is closed Thanksgiving, but open extended hours on Friday and Saturday — 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. The store is closed on Sundays.
HomeGoods is closed on Thanksgiving, but will have extended hours through the weekend. The store will be open 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. On Sunday it will be open 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Tuesday Morning will also be closed Thursday. The store is open extended hours Friday 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. On Saturday the hours are 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Riverstone Plaza, 1447 Riverstone Parkway, Canton
The center houses Belk, Ross, and Beall’s Outlet. Belk is open Thursday from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m. The store is open 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday.
Just over the county line at Town Center at Cobb, at 400 Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw
Thanksgiving Day hours will be 5 p.m. on Thursday to 1 a.m. on Friday morning. The mall will reopen at 6 a.m. and stay open until 10 p.m. for Black Friday shoppers. On Saturday, shopping will resume at 8 a.m., and the mall closes at 10 p.m. Sunday hours will be from noon to 7 p.m.
Though hours will vary by location, Walmart locations will be open on Thanksgiving, and Black Friday sales begin in the evening hours. The stores will also be open on Friday and through the weekend. Some Cobb Walmart locations are open 24 hours.
Stores like Costco, Sam’s Club and Home Depot will be closed on Thanksgiving.
Shopping weather on Thanksgiving is expected to be partly cloudy, with a low chance of rain and temperatures in the high 50s or low 60s. Friday, the forecast is the same, with temperatures reaching into the mid 60s.
Saturday forecasts show a chance for showers in the evening, and temperatures throughout the day in the low to mid 60s. Sunday brings a chance for rain in the morning, which is expected to be gone by the afternoon, with temperatures in the high 50s to low 60s.