Black Friday. Daily Sun.
  • Game will again open its stores at midnight on Black Friday this year – but with increased security after last year's stampedes. 
  • Makro decided against midnight openings, but has introduced a number of new initiatives to improve the Black Friday experience.
  • This includes a Uber discount for shopping trips.

Black Friday, which has emerged as a massive shopping event in South Africa over the past two years, is right around the corner.

Last year, stampedes were seen at many stores as South Africans rushed to get their hands on big specials.

Some 90 Game stores will again open at midnight next Friday, but Makro decided against doing that. Instead, it will run Black Friday specials over five days, from 21 November to 25 November, with over 26,000 lines on promotion.

“Black Friday has become renowned for attracting large crowds of people, longer trading hours, long queues, packed parking lots, finished trolleys, discounted prices and more as consumers scramble for their favourite discounted items,” announced the company in a statement.

“However, year-on-year Makro constantly aims to improve our customers’ shopping experience because we know what Black Friday comes with and we have the solution for their Black Friday shopping.”

These are some of Makro's new initiatives: 

  • Makro will use new mobile pay-point systems to assist customers purchasing a small number of items to pay while standing in the queue.
  • It has also introduced an online drive-through service at the Makro Riversands store, which is a never-been-seen before feature at a retail store in South Africa. 
  • Uber, in partnership with Makro, will be offering a R50 discount (limited rides to and from Makro outlets on a first-come, first-serve basis) with dedicated Uber pick-up and collection zones at each store.
  • Makro will charge a R70 delivery fee for both online and in-store purchases regardless of the distance from the store, and offer free delivery to Makro pick-up lockers and click-and-collect from store.
  • All mCard members will receive 10% back into their mWallet on all non-promotional products (excluding food, liquor and selected categories) bought in-store. 

Black Friday. Photo Deaan Vivier/Netwerk24

Game has already launched some of its Black Friday deals, which started yesterday with in-store specials.

Last year, Game was criticised for a lack of security after doors were shattered during a midnight stampede in Century City, Cape Town. 

Game, and Makro say they have arranged for additional crowd management control for this year's expected Black Friday rush.

These Games stores will open at midnight on Black Friday

Durban

Game Amanzimtoti

Game City Durban (City View)        

Game Gateway         

Game Pavilion          

Game Westwood     

Game Watercrest     

Game Pinetown       

Northern KZN

Game Ballito

Game Empangeni   

Game Richardsbay  

Southern KZN 3

Game Kokstad         

Game Mthatha         

Game Shelley Beach

Inland KZN

Game Newcastle      

Game Midlands Mall           

Gauteng

Game Cresta            

Game Eastgate         

Game Festival Mall   

Game Greenstone Mall        

Game Mall Of Africa

Game Midrand         

Game Bel - Air          

Game Fourways          

East Rand 3

Game Benoni           

Game Carnival Mall  

Game Boksburg       

Game Heidelberg    

Game Vaal Mall        

Game Vereeniging   

Game Alberton        

Game Evaton

Game Mall Of The South          

Game Southgate     

Game The Glen        

Game Soweto          

Game Trade Route Mall      

Game Clearwater     

Game Cradlestone   

Game Westgate       

Game Key West        

Game Brooklyn        

Game Kolonnade     

Game Mall @ Reds  

Game Menlyn           

Game Woodlands

Game Wonderpark (Tshwane)          

Game Centurion 

Game Jubilee Mall - Hammanskraal         

Game Soshanguve     

Free State

Game Bethlehem    

Game Bloem Fleurdal         

Game Welkom         

Mpumalanga

Game Ermelo           

Game Groblersdal    

Game Highveld Mall (eMalahleni)      

Game Middelburg   

Game Ilanga Mall (Mbombela)           

Game Secunda        

Game Burgersfort

Limpopo

 Game Makhado       

Game Mokopane     

Game Polokwane Mtn         

Game Phalaborwa   

Game Polokwane Cbd                   

Game Thohoyandou

Game Tzaneen             

Eastern Cape

Game East London Beacon Bay     

Game Vincent          

Game PE Bay West   

Western Cape – Cape Town

Game Worcester      

Game Bayside          

Game Canal Walk    

Game Cape Gate     

Game  Zewenwacht Mall    

Game N1 City

Game Parow 

Game Tygervalley     

North West

Game Klerksdorp     

Game Potchefstroom          

Game Brits    

Game Mafikeng        

Game Rustenburg : Waterfall Mall

Southern Cape

Game Mossel Bay     

Game George           

Game Somerset Mall           

Game Vredenburg   

Northern Cape

Game Kathu 

Game Kimberley NC Mall    

Game Upington        

 

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*This article has been updated

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