Friday, November 23, 2012
Find the latest on Black Friday lines, deals and news as it happens. If you see something we should know about, send us a tip at Maggie.Rotermund@patch.com or tweet @UniCityPatch.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The majority of smaller stores and Macy's will open at midnight. The mall's other major retailers will open early Friday morning.
More than 40 stores at South County Center will open at midnight on Black Friday, Nov. 23. The mall's other stores will open between 3 and 8 a.m. Here's a look at South County Center stores that will open at midnight on Black Friday: Dillards opens at 8 a.m., JCPenney opens at 6 am., Macy's opens at midnight and Sears opens at 4 a.m. For more details, find the Black Friday schedule for South County Center online.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Thousands are signing an online petition protesting Target's plans to open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving to offer Black Friday sales.
The petition was reportedly created by a Target employee upset that the retail giant is opening on Thanksgiving and requiring employees to work instead of spending time with their families (Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alerts.) Target stores, including the one in Arnold, will open their doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. As of Tuesday morning, there were more than 179,000 signatures on the petition. Target is joining other retailers, including Walmart, that are opening on Thanksgiving to get a jump on Black Friday holiday sales. What do you think? Are Black Friday specials getting out of hand and starting to replace the Thanksgiving holiday itself?
Monday, November 12, 2012
Walmart announced a Thanksgiving Day start to its sales. Target, Toys R Us, and Best Buy aren't far behind.
Serious shoppers know Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the day for bargains. Retailers are opening earlier than ever this year with sales to entice holiday shoppers. Walmart has set the bar at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for 2012 sales to start. Will other stores follow? Macy’s, Target and Toys R Us are among a growing number of shops kicking off Black Friday sales at midnight, the St. Louis Business Journal reports. Area mall doors will open at various times, though some of their stores may or may not be open then. Many sales haven't been announced yet. Target offers a signup to receive text messages of sales, and previews a 40-inch Toshiba TV, a Samsung laptop computer, a Playstation 3 and other sale items on its website. Want…
Friday, November 25, 2011
Patch takes a brief look at the origins of one of the country's most peculiar post-holiday traditions.
Love it or hate it, “Black Friday” has become an American tradition. It's the day after Thanksgiving, when virtually countless Americans will have gone shopping as early as Midnight in order to take advantage of retailer sales earmarked just for the occassion. But just how did this practice start, and where did the day's name come from? What may be the earliest known reference to a market-releated “Black Friday” came about late in the 19th century, when a crash in gold values attributed to financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk led to financial pandemonium across the country. On the tails federal debt caused by the Civil War and the circulation of “greenbacks” replacing gold coins, the financial market was volatile. To address the instability…
Find the latest on Black Friday lines, deals and news as it happens. If you see something we should know about, send us a tip at Lindsay.Toler@patch.com or tweet @StLouisLindsay.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The stores, sales and strategies you need to optimize your all-night shopping blow-out.
Here’s a new holiday tradition to try: Say grace, eat turkey, head to the mall. Black Friday sales start at midnight this year at some of the regions biggest stores, including Walmart, Target, Kohl’s and Best Buy. We’ve read through the ads and compiled everything you need for the best all-night holiday shopping blow-out possible. And for each sale, we've highlighted the items we think would make the best gifts (at the best prices!) Check back on Black Friday for updates and tips, and if you hit the sales, tag your tweets with #BlackFridaySTL or mention @StLouisLindsay. And don't forget: Black Friday sales are already starting online at popular big box stores. Best Buy said they've already sold out of popular $80 TVs and $150 laptops, but …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
A Patch Facebook friend sent a photo of Black Friday campers at the Best Buy in Fairview Heights on Wednesday afternoon.
It's the last day before Thanksgiving and people have started to lineup for the deals on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving known for great sales on gifts. The photo above shows campers in Fairview Heights, IL, a short drive from the St. Louis area, pitching tents at that Best Buy store on Wednesday afternoon. Scott Kuhl, a Facebook friend of Patch Social Media Reporter Angela Atkinson, posted the photo on his account. So, as an Arnold resident, would you want Best Buy to open a store in Arnold? Best Buy opens for Black Friday sales at midnight after Thanksgiving for the first time, helping it compete with other big box retailers, such as Target and Walmart, also opening at midnight on Friday. Sharp Aquos 40" series HDTVs, normally …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The biggest shopping day of the holiday season will start at midnight after Thanksgiving this year.
Black Friday has become the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season and according to urban myth, it’s also the day when retailers start to show a profit. Whether or not that’s true, the day after Thanksgiving has been the biggest shopping day before Christmas for the last eight years, according to ShopperTrak, a market research company. ShopperTrak’s research shows that Americans spent $10.69 billion dollars on Black Friday 2010—the largest amount spent on a day after Thanksgiving holiday shopping spree. ShopperTrak said the second biggest shopping day is known as Super Saturday, which this year falls on December 17, the last Saturday before the Christmas weekend. Retailers have already started on their holiday displays, part of …