To say that Thanksgiving weekend is a cash cow for Smoky Mountain towns like Sevierville would be putting it very lightly. This past long weekend, which included Thanksgiving and the quasi-holiday of Black Friday saw long lines, long waits, and even longer receipts in stores and restaurants.
Area cabin rentals and hotels had been sold out for weeks – an encouraging sign in these economic times, all that was left was for people to return to their buying habits of years past. And oh did they. Restaurants like the new Joe’s Crab Shack at Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Mall, Red Lobster, and the Applewood Farmhouse reported waits over the weekend as long as an hour and many local eateries even stayed open to serve Thanksgiving dinner. Thousands people came through Sevierville restaurants over the weekend be it locals and visitors alike.
It helped that it was a holiday weekend, but with all the Christmas events and shopping opportunities, the Smokies are just coming into their busy season. Most, being it cabin rental companies, hotels, or just retail stores, mark Thanksgiving as the start of the busy shopping/traveling season in the Smoky Mountains.
Even officials with the University of Tennessee in nearby Knoxville have gotten in on the act, predicting a strong year economically for the area as compared to 2011.
Sevier County, considered the engine that powers the East Tennessee tourism machine, saw an 8.4 percent increase in hotel room sales from January to September 2012 compared to the same nine month period last year. This from UT officials. After this weekend, it’s likely that the trend will continue through the end of the year. A great way to start the busy holiday season in the Smokies and an even better way to end it.
If you’re looking for great deals, numerous Sevierville locations will be holding After Thanksgiving Day sales beginning as early as 12:01 am Friday morning.
Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Sevierville, TN, has quickly become known as a shopping destination that offers a wide range of merchandise and price points from outlet center deals to one-of-a-kind art and quality antiques. This Thanksgiving, some of Sevierville’s most popular shopping destinations are offering Thanksgiving and After-Thanksgiving sales, making this a great time to visit.
Tanger Five Oaks Factory Outlet Center, in Sevierville, is changing it up a bit this year with sales starting at 10 pm Thanksgiving night, Thursday November 22. All the stores at Tanger Five Oaks will also offer Black Friday specials until 10pm on Friday with sales and specials running through the weekend. Check out all the Moonlight Madness specials going on at Tanger Outlet here.
As an added bonus, beginning at 10pm on Thursday November 22, the first 250 people to visit the Customer Information Center at Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Center will receive a $10 gift card compliments of Chase Freedom. Another giveaway will happen at 2am at the Customer Information Center.
Another popular Sevierville shopping destination, Smoky Mountain Knife Works, will open its doors at 7am on Friday morning, with great deals on knives, kitchen accessories and bakeware. Their Black Friday sale runs Nov. 23 through Dec. 12. www.eknifeworks.com
Bass Pro Outdoor World’s five hour sale, from 6-11am on Friday morning, will also offer lots of great specials. www.basspro.com
Sevierville, Tennessee, is conveniently located just off Interstate 40 Exit 407 in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Within a day’s drive of over half the nation’s population, Sevierville is annually visited by millions of people who enjoy the shopping, attractions, restaurants and shows this quaint town has to offer.