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Black Friday? So last year: Shopping started this morning



Published: Thu, November 22, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

By BURTON SPEAKMAN

bspeakman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

It’s not just the extra days that are making the holiday shopping season earlier. More retailers are moving up their opening times, and Black Friday moves deeper into Thanksgiving Day.

This year’s group of stores opening on Thanksgiving start with Old Navy, Kmart and Gander Mountain at 9 a.m. Stores such as Walmart, Sears and Toys “R” Us open at 8 p.m.

Target begins sales at 9 tonight with h.h. gregg opening at 10 p.m. and Eastwood Mall opening its doors at 11. Other places such as Southern Park Mall and Kohl’s wait until midnight to accept the flood of shopping hordes anxious for their chance to grasp deals.

Eastwood Mall is opening before the stores to allow customers to come inside and not have to wait in the cold, said Joe Bell, Cafaro Co. spokesman. The first 1,200 customers will be given gift bags with coupons and other items.

“We’re going to have music, giveaways and other forms of entertainment,” he said. “People want to make holiday shopping a festive occasion.”

While anchor stores Macy’s, Dillard’s, J.C. Penney and Sears at Southern Park Mall can set their own hours, most of the stores will open at midnight along with the mall itself.

“In response to feedback from our shoppers,” said Sheryl Raulin, Southern Park Mall director of marketing and business development, “we have decided to open our doors at midnight to accommodate eager shoppers who want to get an early start on their holiday purchases.”

More and more retailers are pushing to open earlier as a way to allow more people to shop, Bell said.

Even home-improvement stores have joined the action with Lowe’s open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving and then reopening at midnight, and Home Depot starting sales at 5 a.m. Friday.

Not everyone seems to like the early start to the shopping season. Employees at both Target and Walmart have complained about the companies’ policies.

“These places opening up at 10 p.m. on Thursday are just ruining the whole season in my opinion,” said Peggy Emmett, general manager of The Winner store in Sharon.

The National Retail Federation is reporting that many companies are promoting their Black Friday sales in different ways including mobile-phone updates, online ads and in-store promotions.

According to Shop.org’s survey conducted by BIG-

insight, three in 10 retailers will promote their in-store Black Friday deals with mobile alerts, up significantly from the 18.4 percent who did so in 2011.

In addition, 80.6 percent will use Facebook to alert shoppers about in-store deals, an increase from 73.7 percent last year.


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1UsuallyBlunt(105 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

ONLY THE MOST IGNORANT PEOPLE would patronize a business that forces its employees to report on a NATIONAL HOLIDAY ! (excluding health care providers and safety forces)

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2lee(544 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Lots of people have to work on holidays power plants, air lines, port workers, truck drivers, the military, this is just a small list with out thinking about it. If you don't want to shop then don't it's your choice. But is it necessary to call those who want too names?

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3Photoman(994 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

When working in retail, I found that the holiday seasons always bring out the best---the best at credit card fraud, the best shoplifters, the best car thieves, etc. Just kidding. So what's wrong with the retailers getting to see the greedy eyed shoppers getting their Christmas shopping done early?

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4arod(259 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

If you dont like it don't patronize the stores...

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5MLC75(524 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

The United States has bigger problems,than stores opening early on Black Friday.

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6IslandMike(747 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

These stores have brought the Teamsters to their doorstep through sheer GREED and things could turn very UGLY tomorrow and end up with someone could getting hurt. I hope the protests remain peaceful, but all it takes is the first stone to be thrown. What does someone need to buy at a retail store on Thanksgiving day that they can't purchases the next day? Years ago EVERYTHING was closed on Sunday and you couldn't even buy gas. Now a day that is supposed to be used as a day of reflection and family has turned to a day of GREED and GLUTTONY. Looking at the picture, the peoople look like sheeep. Other countries laugh at us

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7JoeFromHubbard(976 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE !

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8bmanresident(597 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

The Zombie Apocolypse has already begun!!! Just look at all the brainless undead who turn out in droves just to get a not so good bargain!!! What idiots!!!! And shame on these retail outelets who have defiled the very name of Thanksgiving!!! I will not spend a dime at any place open on this day ever again!

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9IslandMike(747 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

The employees have sold their souls. If they're stupid enough to work for non-living wages and not organize a union for better pay, that's their problem.

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