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Prior to those columns, I would like to empty the shelves of any
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CUTE N' COMFY Day 11: Is Black Friday out of control?
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That's the famous saying isn't it?
And at no time during the year do we think this more frequently than the holidays. We spend too much and we eat too much and we'd love to turn it all around.
Two A... Posted on 11/19/12 at 5:34 PM
Despite an outcry from some employees, both stores and shoppers seemed to like it. Some people went shopping with a full belly, going straight from the dinner table to the stores. Others slept off their big meal and went to the mall before daybreak on Black Friday.
Black Friday, the annual day-after-Thanksgiving sale for many retailers, is starting even earlier this year in Grand Forks and around the nation. But the earlier hours aren’t being cheered by everyone.
Initial reports show a record number of shoppers hit the mall or bought gifts online during the holiday weekend. Thanksgiving weekend is a make-or-break time for many retailers. For the past six years, Black Friday has been the biggest sales day of the year.
VIDEO: Bottom of article A shopper in Los Angeles pepper-sprayed her competition for an Xbox and scuffles broke out elsewhere around the U.S. as bargain-hunters crowded malls and big-box stores in an earlier-than-usual start to the madness known as Black Friday.
Anne d'Innocenzio and Mae Anderson
, November 25, 2011
VIDEOS: Bottom of article For three days starting on Black Friday, 152 million people are expected shop, up about 10 percent from last year, according to the National Retail Federation. That's good news for retailers, many of which depend on the busy holiday shopping season for up to 40 percent of their annual revenue.
Mae Anderson and Anne D'Innocenzio
, November 25, 2011
Line began forming Wednesday night in front of Best Buy in Grand Forks Opening for the first time at midnight on Black Friday, the Grand Forks Best Buy store drew a line of early-bird shoppers looking to be first in line for the deals.
Target and Best Buy asked for police presence and plan to slow the rush Both are opening at midnight, much earlier than other years. Police don't expect much trouble, though, and, in Target's case, a metering system used at other Black Fridays have proven effective.
As I read about Anthony Hardwick, the Target employee who will not spend Thanksgiving with his family because the retailer has scheduled him to work, I felt sympathy because my family faces the same problem: We’re unable to celebrate what should be a special family holiday because relatives are scheduled to work.
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