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Published November 18, 2011, 07:18 PM

More stores at West Acres join midnight Black Friday openings

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - 30 stores at West Acres have now announced they will open their doors at midnight on Black Friday. That's up from just 8 a year ago. It comes as the region's biggest shopping center nears a record sales year.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

30 stores at West Acres have now announced they will open their doors at midnight on Black Friday. That's up from just 8 a year ago. It comes as the region's biggest shopping center nears a record sales year.

It already has the Christmas feel, a mall just waiting for holiday shoppers to begin their madness. For mall merchants like Sue Rusch of Stabo, the giving has begun. She like the rest of the mall has enjoyed a Santa surprise in her financial stocking.

Sue Rusch – Stabo Imports: “It has been nice and positive and they are spending money.”

And while the ag and energy sectors regionally have had a lot to do with our economic success, our good neighbors to the north are doing their part too.

Rusty Papachek – West Acres Mall Manager: “Ag economy is good the Canadian exchange rate is good, it has been bopping around and they have been coming down shopping.”

While malls across America have been battling to keep their heads above muddy money waters, the state's largest shopping center could make history, putting more sales tax dollars into an already plump state treasury.

In addition to all the stores in the mall, there are several Holiday Push Carts and Kiosks, including the famous Zubaz stand, one of the most successful stands at the mall during the holidays.

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