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Local retailers are asking shoppers to support small businesses instead those big box stores.
Saturday is designated as Small Business Saturday and American Express has made an interactive map so shoppers can find local independent retailers around the Charlotte area.
CLICK HERE to see the map
A survey shows shoppers who used the site last year reported spending $5.7 billion at small businesses.
CLICK HERE for a special section on Small Business Saturday.
Firefighters were on scene of a fire in south Charlotte early Friday morning.
Crews were called to the home at Starbrook Drive and South Boulevard around 4:30 a.m. One person was inside at the time, but was able to get outside safely.
Firefighters said the fire started in an outbuilding used as a garage or workshop behind the home. It was still burning an hour after the call.
There was heavy smoke damage to the house, according to officials. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Channel 9 has a crew on scene working to gather more information.
Check back to wsoctv.com for updates to this developing story.Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:23:49 -0500
The biggest mall in the area -- Concord Mills -- has been open to Black Friday shoppers since 6 p.m. Thursday.
At one point overnight, the parking low was about 95 percent full.
Some shoppers Channel 9 spoke with said they stood in line since 9:30 a.m. One shopper said this is the first year she's ever done this.
“We haven't ever stood in line for this long. I think we just wanted to start a new experience. Stand in line with everyone else early in the morning. See what we can do,” said Amanda McConnell.
Stores here will stay open until 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Channel 9 is also watching the crowds at Charlotte's new premium outlets. The stores were packed at the new location in Steele Creek on Thursday night. It's the first holiday season for the outlets.
Some people told us they were surprised to see how many people came out right after Thanksgiving dinner.
MORE: Is Black Friday shopping worth it?
For others, it's tradition.
"It's more time I get to spend with her because I live across the state. So it's kind of some mother-daughter shopping bonding,” said one shopper.
The outlets are open until 10 p.m. Friday.
It hired off-duty police officers to direct traffic and help with the crowds.
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:15:13 -0500 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories