With some retailers going overboard, there was quite the backlash over them opening early on Thanksgiving Day, not giving their employees any time off to be with their families.

Many of them seem to have settled on waiting to open until 5 p.m. on turkey day while some are back to waiting until early Friday. Aldi's and Publix are closed Thursday, but Walmart sticks to its 24/7/365 routine and will even have its grocery pickup stations in operation for the first time this year. The Neighborhood Markets will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight with grocery pickup as well. Target will open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Among the popular shopping centers in this area, Volusia Mall will be closed Thanksgiving and open at 6 a.m. Black Friday, Tanger Factory Outlet Center opens at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and stays open right through to 10 p.m. Black Friday. For the open air shopping centers, such as The Pavilion at Port Orange and the new Tomoka Town Center, you'll have to check individual stores.

According to WalletHub, the best Black Friday deals, based average percentage discount, for stores that operate in Volusia, are at Belk, 66.92%; Bealls Florida, 62.56%; JCPenney, 60.97%; Kohl's, 57.10%; New York & Co., 56.27%; and Dick's Sporting Goods, 52.27%.

Of course, we're a tourist area so many area restaurants will remain open, especially with the Daytona Turkey Run starting on Thanksgiving Day. Some of the ones opening include the Black Sheep Pub in Ormond Beach, Peanut & George's in Daytona Beach, Malibu Beach Grill in Port Orange and Racing's North Turn in Ponce Inlet.

In case you're wondering, yes, the Hometown News office will close Thanksgiving Day. Hope everyone has a happy holiday.


Toronto businessman Ayad Shammas is at it again, buying the Burt Building at 140 S. Atlantic Ave. in Ormond Beach from Burt Holdings LLC for $2.5 million. Mr. Shammas recently purchased property on Main Street in Daytona Beach. The 26,682-square-foot, multistory office building has some great ocean and river views. It was the headquarters of Security First Insurance, which recently moved into its big, new facility in Ormond Crossings near the U.S. 1/Interstate 95 interchange. John W. Trost, Carl W. Lentz, and Tim C. Davis of SVN Alliance Commercial Real Estate Advisors represented the seller.


It's been a slow week, plus I'm having to write this early, but here are a few other notes. The owner of Shoebox Saloon has bought the property he's using at 1903 S. Ridgewood Ave. in South Daytona for $135,000.

Construction is starting on an 88-unit apartment building for seniors in the Parc Hill area of Orange City.

The DeLand Planning Board is getting a look at the preliminary plat for Victoria Oaks Phase B with 364 single-family houses on 93.64 acres at East Taylor Road and South Blue Lake Avenue.

A bookstore is in the planning stages for Keiser college at 1800 Business Park Blvd. in Daytona Beach.

Managing Editor Cecil G. Brumley has been tracking business and the economy in Volusia County for more than 22 years. Contact him at cbrumley@hometownnewsmediagroup.com (no hyphens) or follow him on Twitter @cecilbrumley.

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