Published: Thu, November 16, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Valley Black Friday deal-hunters can get early start

Valley Black Friday deal-hunters can get early start

Department stores were a close second with 57 percent of people giving them most-favored status, followed by discount stores at 54 percent.

"Moving forward, CTA predicts less and less emphasis will be placed on Black Friday as a single shopping holiday and instead spread over days and weeks", said Cassagnol, "especially as we see retailers try to pull the season forward while also rolling out fast shipping programs that aid the last minute shopper". Promotional awards will be shown on the network at Thanksgiving Day and at stores opening at 17:00. on vacation.

While 20% of consumers surveyed said they plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day (32 million), Black Friday will remain the busiest day with 70% participation (115 million).

The Grand Forks mall at 2800 S. Columbia Road announced its Black Friday schedule Wednesday, saying the center would be open from 6 10 p.m. November 24.

For the first time in the history its annual holiday shopping survey, NRF's poll covered shopping attitudes about Cyber Monday in addition to Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Sunday.

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Early birds who decide to make their way to the sales aisles on Thanksgiving night will get the best shot at catching the largest deals in-store. Major stores including Costco, Guitar Center, H&M and 60-plus others opted to keep their doors closed on Thanksgiving Day this year, and some even the day after.

The advent of Cyber Monday years ago arguably helped dilute the importance of Black Friday as the singular day for holiday discounts - helped along by the hardcore financial slam that the Great Recession delivered to consumers.

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Three years ago, the late Al Boscov famously backed his decision to open Boscov stores on Thanksgiving by showing up on the holiday and working himself.

On the other side is Kohl's, J.C. Penney and Toys "R" Us, which are sticking with their open all-night hours this year as they have done the last several years.

69 percent reported they were likely to shop in-store only, but ironically, 76 percent also reported Amazon was the top retailer they planned to purchase from.

However, the trend is shifting away from Thanksgiving shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. "I go with my girlfriends every year right after we all get done eating with our families".

A few last words of wisdom for Black Friday shoppers; Lines will be long, so take snacks and plenty of water.

Beginning on December 15, the mall will be open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. "I'm sure they are crunching lots of numbers to understand how productive being open on Thanksgiving is".

On Christmas Eve, the mall will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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