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Businesses bringing Black Friday to Truro stores


TRURO – Area businesses are confident many Colchester County residents will not take their Black Friday business elsewhere.

A number of businesses that spoke with the Truro Daily News on Thursday said they are aware of Black Friday competition, however, none seemed overly concerned about Truro residents taking their cash to the city or into the United States.

“There are a certain number of people who will go to the city to shop (where’s) there’s a bigger selection of stores,” said Blake Storey, a Wal-Mart manager.

“But a lot of those big stores we have in Truro too … Truro stores will have sales too.”

Wal-Mart will have its own Black Friday sale today to Monday. Storey anticipates electronics, gaming systems and televisions will be popular buys.

Jonathan Dibblee, sales associate at The Source in the Truro Mall, also anticipates a busy weekend.

“We are not too concerned about” people leaving town for Black Friday sales, he said.

“It’s not so much an issue … people know there are going to be amazing deals no matter where you go,” said Dibblee.

The Source has its own big sale this weekend, as do other businesses in the mall, which will open at 9 a.m. instead of 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

“We are staffed to the max,” he said, adding cellphones and cameras are expected to be big sellers.

Even car dealerships are getting into Black Friday mode.

John Spears, a sales consultant with Century Hyundai in Bible Hill, said “competition is year-round” so there’s no real concern.

The company will, however, promote special sales to “keep competition and motivate people.” The dealership’s sale lasts until Monday and features a $1,000 off select black model cars. Extra discounts will be given for other vehicles as well.

Dave Williamson, brand manager at Inglis Jewellers in Truro, said he’s impressed local businesses are putting their own spin on Black Friday.

“As a group we can do a lot … a lot of businesses are stepping up and customers are staying here and still supporting ‘shop local,’” said Williamson.

Inglis Jewellers is also hosting a special sale on Friday. It’s described as a “heightened” sale from ongoing bargains, in which there will be 25 per cent off storewide, no HST, and other bonuses.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

 

BLACK FRIDAY

-      What is Black Friday? It’s the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States and often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

-      The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Later an alternative explanation was retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss (“in the red”) from January through November, and “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or “in the black.”

-      Observed by: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark and Latin America

- It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since (at least) 2005.

- In 2013, about 141 million U.S. consumers shopped during Black Friday, spending a total of $57.4 billion, with online sales reaching $1.2 billion.

* Information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping)

A number of businesses that spoke with the Truro Daily News on Thursday said they are aware of Black Friday competition, however, none seemed overly concerned about Truro residents taking their cash to the city or into the United States.

“There are a certain number of people who will go to the city to shop (where’s) there’s a bigger selection of stores,” said Blake Storey, a Wal-Mart manager.

“But a lot of those big stores we have in Truro too … Truro stores will have sales too.”

Wal-Mart will have its own Black Friday sale today to Monday. Storey anticipates electronics, gaming systems and televisions will be popular buys.

Jonathan Dibblee, sales associate at The Source in the Truro Mall, also anticipates a busy weekend.

“We are not too concerned about” people leaving town for Black Friday sales, he said.

“It’s not so much an issue … people know there are going to be amazing deals no matter where you go,” said Dibblee.

The Source has its own big sale this weekend, as do other businesses in the mall, which will open at 9 a.m. instead of 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

“We are staffed to the max,” he said, adding cellphones and cameras are expected to be big sellers.

Even car dealerships are getting into Black Friday mode.

John Spears, a sales consultant with Century Hyundai in Bible Hill, said “competition is year-round” so there’s no real concern.

The company will, however, promote special sales to “keep competition and motivate people.” The dealership’s sale lasts until Monday and features a $1,000 off select black model cars. Extra discounts will be given for other vehicles as well.

Dave Williamson, brand manager at Inglis Jewellers in Truro, said he’s impressed local businesses are putting their own spin on Black Friday.

“As a group we can do a lot … a lot of businesses are stepping up and customers are staying here and still supporting ‘shop local,’” said Williamson.

Inglis Jewellers is also hosting a special sale on Friday. It’s described as a “heightened” sale from ongoing bargains, in which there will be 25 per cent off storewide, no HST, and other bonuses.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

 

BLACK FRIDAY

-      What is Black Friday? It’s the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States and often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

-      The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Later an alternative explanation was retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss (“in the red”) from January through November, and “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or “in the black.”

-      Observed by: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark and Latin America

- It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since (at least) 2005.

- In 2013, about 141 million U.S. consumers shopped during Black Friday, spending a total of $57.4 billion, with online sales reaching $1.2 billion.

* Information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping)

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