Nike's new Air Jordan shoe: Ann Arbor area's hottest Black Friday item?
Editor's note: The story has been updated to correct that stores open at midnight Thursday.
It isn’t often that a new Air Jordan shoe release corresponds with Black Friday, but this year, the shoe will hit stores as early as midnight Thursday in the Ann Arbor area.
Hendrix said Briarwood doesn’t typically get customers waiting in line outside the mall doors before Black Friday opening since there are five entrances, but there will be customers waiting to buy the new shoes at Champs Sports and Foot Locker.
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“This particular release has been anticipated for a very long time,” she said.
Champs will open at midnight Thursday, along with at least 21 other stores at Briarwood. The shoe will be available as soon as the store opens.
Foot Locker has yet to announce what time on Friday it will begin selling the Air Jordan, but as of Tuesday afternoon, the store planned to open at 4 a.m. with the rest of the Briarwood stores.
Ty Mopkins of Ypsilanti’s Puffer Red’s and Jus Shooz in Wayne, said there is a huge amount of interest in the shoe release and people will be standing outside both stores before they open at 10 a.m. on Friday.
“There will for sure be people waiting in line,” he said. “We get maybe 50 to 100 calls a day for the shoe.”
The Air Jordan III Black/Cement sells for $160, and don’t expect it to be marked down for Black Friday sales, Mopkins said.
“The shoes we get here are limited and really exclusive,” he said. “Normally we don’t mark them down because the new products come out and the companies don’t allow it.”
There will be another Air Jordan shoe release on Dec. 23, and Mopkins said sales for that one will be “bigger than any other shoe.”