Two Burnaby shopping centres want you to think twice before heading across the border for Black Friday.
Lougheed Town Centre and Metropolis at Metrotown are throwing the doors open at 7 a.m. this Friday and offering shoppers the chance to find holiday deals in the city.
"It's exciting and different for us," Sara Park, marketing manager for Lougheed mall told the NOW. "We noticed last year that especially the national retailers had jumped on board with Black Friday. I think it's sort of been trending over the past couple of years."
The centre is opening early specifically so shoppers can come in before work.
"I think that'll be really good for people - they don't have to take the day off work but they can come shop before they go to work or after work," she said.
"Because it's not a holiday here, I think that it was really important for us to do the early hours for that reason."
Sales in the United States are often known for their crazy deals and long lineups, but Lougheed is planning some spectacular sales as well, Park said.
"I think the deals are just as comparable here, and I think it's a bit more civilized here," she said.
Though some retailers will not be revealing their sales until the day before, the offerings thus far are promising, Park said.
"I've heard that The Bay is going to have some pretty outrageous sales on that day," she said. "H&M will have some fantastic sales, Wal-Mart will have some fantastic sales. All the fashion retailers have really come on board, too."
The centre is giving $10 gift cards to the first 200 people to visit guest services when the doors open and is also providing live entertainment throughout the day, she said.
Metropolis at Metrotown also has a major gift card giveaway planned - the first 250 people in line at the Atrium Court will receive gift cards with amounts up to $500.
More than 125 retailers are participating in Black Friday at Metropolis, according to marketing director Judy Black.
The centre also hopes to keep people shopping in Burnaby rather than running to the U.S., she said.
"Border lineups can be quite long," Black said.
Metropolis at Metrotown decided to join in on the sales event after the company that owns it, Ivanhoe Cambridge, found it to be successful out East, she said.
"We've noticed that, in Canada, Black Friday's just becoming more and more popular in general," Black said.
There has been a "measurable success" for the centres that participated in Eastern Canada, she added.
For more information on Black Friday at Lougheed, click here.
For more information on Black Friday at Metropolis at Metrotown, click here.
Brentwood Town Centre is not participating in Black Friday this year, according to marketing director Samia Massoud.