Restaurants open for Thanksgiving; stores prepping for Black Friday

Restaurants open for Thanksgiving; stores prepping for Black Friday

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - If you're not traveling and would like to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without the hassle of preparing it, there are several restaurants open here in Myrtle Beach.

Bob Evans is just one restaurant serving all the trimmings.

Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday are huge days for restaurants. That's why five years ago, Bob Evans decided to open its doors and serve Thanksgiving Day dinner. The company says it feels that it gives people a chance to focus on family time instead of the kitchen.

Preparation for Thursday and Friday began three weeks ago, so they will have extra servers and kitchen staff. Managers at Bob Evans said they've already been getting calls about whether they're open or not, so already they're expecting to make about 400 meals. This year the area Bob Evans is expecting a three percent increase in new customers and revenues just by people stopping in to fill up either prior or post shopping.

"Our busiest day here at Bob Evans is Sunday so we'll do a little bit more than we do on a Sunday so we will exceed our normal volume", Bob Evans Assistant Manager Daniel McDonough said.

If you're near North Myrtle Beach, 21 Main will be open Thursday. If you're in the mood for barbeque head over to Sticky Fingers. For a seafood buffet, The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood will also be open. WMBF News called California Dreaming, they're expecting you too.

Just a reminder, if you plan on eating make sure you make a reservation. For a full list of restaurants open visit here.

From setting up extra displays to preparing to set up merchandise quickly, local stores are also gearing up for the biggest shopping day of the year.

Black Friday is now hours away but the people who work at the Walmart on Seaboard street have been preparing for months.

With Walmart being one of the prime stores that sees a lot of foot traffic, Black Friday is like their Super Bowl. No matter if it's one customer or a thousand, they're prepared to give every guest the same experience.

To handle the crowds stores have extra workers everything from cashiers to extra stockers to security. If you plan to head over to Walmart there will  be maps online and in the stores that will help you locate which items you are looking for.

This year, holiday shoppers have been added to run and grab items you may have forgotten while you are already in line.

While store managers are counting on you to take advantage of the big deals, they want everyone to remain positive in what could be a chaotic situation.

"We want everyone to be safe, happy, there's sometimes that there might be those people that don't want to be that way but we want to make sure everyone's safe this holiday and just act like you would any other day," Walmart Co-Manager Shannon Shiflett said.

Walmart expects people to be in store and lining up for those big ticket items like TVs, cameras and phones by 5:00 p.m.

Expect to see workers before then giving wristbands away for the specific TV you may want to buy so you'll know exactly where to go find it.

The Walmart on Seaboard and 501 on Myrtle Ridge will be open 24 hours.

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