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Black Friday Preview with West Acres & More FM Shopping!

The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner, and with that comes one of the biggest shopping events in the nation. Black Friday is a day filled with deals and dollar signs, and West Acres is Fargo’s central hub for it. On Friday, Nov 25, the mall will be opening its door for the post-Thanksgiving retail craze, and we want to make sure you’re prepared for the day!

There’s already a lot to do at the mall on a normal day, so let’s see what’s happening on Black Friday!


The mall opens its doors at 8:00 a.m., and most stores will follow suit. but opening times will vary. Some stores may be opening up earlier! Watch for the official announcement of opening times the week leading up to Black Friday at westacres.com

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Although many guests arrive early for shopping, the busiest time of the day on Black Friday is the afternoon. To avoid crowds, plan to shop early- or late! In previous years, sales have started earlier-sometimes the entire week of Black Friday, and in some cases even easier in November. Keep up to date on sales at westacres.com or on Instagram @westacresmall.


On the day of, the mall is bustling with determined shoppers of all ages. You’ll find great deals, good food and even some entertainment. Guests will immerse themselves in the holiday spirit upon entering the mall as they’re surrounded by festive displays and activations, the warmth of familiar Christmas lights and even snow in the center court. They’ll get a taste of the holiday season by visiting Santa at the mall for photos! Plus, the Saturday following Black Friday, the first Holipalooza of the season will kick off with live performances, local drinks and delicious treats in the Buffalo Court.

For a full list of Holiday Events at West Acres and around the city, check out our Local Holiday Event list!


Although we’re all itching to know the deals of the day, shoppers have to be kept on their toes—isn’t that mystery part of the appeal? You will start to see sales announced through November as we near Black Friday, however, most stores don’t announce official Black Friday deals until the week of. You will be able to find details online at westacres.com!

Did you know?
You can find your favorite West Acres stores’ deals online at any time. Just head to westacres.com/sales to browse the current sales, then head to the mall to shop!

If Black Friday shopping isn’t for you, there are other ways to hit the holiday deals. The days following Black Friday are still surrounded by the retail rage with Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. These two events continue the trend of great deals but focus on different target markets—like customers supporting small businesses in their communities and online shopping.

Of course, our community participates in the continuation of the shopping, as we really prepare our shopping lists for the holidays… and maybe a few treats for ourselves!

Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday

On Saturday, Nov 26, head to your favorite local spots around town to participate in Small Business Saturday. Whether you purchase directly from the business or support them in other ways like leaving a positive review online or donating to a local kickstart or fundraiser for a small business, feel good about your shopping experience.

Save some funds for the great online deals on Cyber Monday. The Monday after Thanksgiving, on Nov. 28, find hundreds of deals to complete your online shopping list. Most notably, find deals online at Amazon, Best Buy Target and name brands like Samsung, Apple and more. While there are a ton of great tech deals on Cyber Monday (following the theme), you can find a lot more than just that when it comes to large online shopping stores like Amazon or Walmart.

By the time these deals come to a close at the beginning of December, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the holidays knowing your shopping is done. During this time of year, it’s easy to put a ton of stress on gift-giving, but remember, sometimes the best gift of all isn’t always something you can put in a box (no, I don’t mean a brand-new car)! Happy shopping!

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Get started on your holiday shopping and support local businesses at the Small Business Saturday Holiday Pop Up Market! This pop-up shopping event will host a variety of local businesses and makers where you’ll find handmade and specialty-curated gifts and treats. You can enjoy a glass of wine or mimosa and a charcuterie or hummus board while you shop. And don’t forget to grab a dessert from Elu Dessert Kitchen on your way out!

Saturday, Nov 26 from 10 a.m. Cellar 624, The Venue on Main 624 Main Ave Suite 4B, Fargo

Written by Geneva Nodland

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