James from Apple Valley and Anna from Sartell wanted to know: When did Black Friday start? According to BlackFriday.com, the term “Black Friday” was coined back in the 1960s, but it was really 1924 – the first year of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – that the day after Thanksgiving became the unofficial start to the Christmas shopping season. Early on, when the term was coined in 1961, it had a negative connotation because Philadelphia Police used it to describe the traffic jams and clogged sidewalks of that day. But, by the 1980s, the idea of the Friday after Thanksgiving putting the retailers back in the black (or profitable) started to take hold.
Black Friday is the official start to the holiday shopping season, and it started earlier than ever — 8 p.m. at the Mall of America. A new report by the University of St. Thomas says this is the mall where most Minnesotans will do their holiday shopping. “We love the bonding experience, hanging out with each other,” said shopper Nicole Klinkhammer, who was at the mall Friday. There was a lot of buzz about starting Black Friday too early, but the Mall of America team says as long as people want to shop, they will be open. And it’s working out fine so far. They project a higher turn-out than last year, when the mall opened at midnight.
Black Friday is the busiest day of the holiday shopping season, with an estimated 97 million Americans expected to search for the best deals. However, not everyone was celebrating the nation’s hunt for great deals. A number of cleaning workers for retail outlets walked off the job on Friday to protest unfair labor practices.
It may be Black Friday, but locally-speaking, some Minnesota shops are looking forward to tomorrow: Small Business Saturday. Many of these small businesses can’t compete with blowouts the big box retailers have.
Along with many malls and big box retailers, dozens of stores at outlet malls in Minnesota will also be open come eight o’clock Thursday night, but we wondered are outlet malls really a better deal? Beyond Albertville, shoppers can also check out deals in Medford and come next summer an outlet mall in Eagan will open its doors.
The shopping frenzy known as Black Friday has turned into more than just a day-long, deep-discount event. More stores are opening their doors several hours before Friday. This year some sales start at 6 p.m. Thursday. That also means workers and shoppers will be leaving the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day to head to stores.
Ahead of Black Friday, workers at Brookdale Shopping Center’s Walmart walked off the job Monday with the support of dozens of other retail workforce activists.
With Black Friday approaching, low prices may be your top priority, but a Minnesota group wants you to consider spending a little more at certain local shops.
Last year there was a furor over Target opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This year, Target will open one hour earlier on Thanskgiving. It is of course not just Target; almost every major retailer this year is opening on Thanksgiving Day. Even one of last year’s big holdouts — Macy’s — will open at 6 p.m.
Officials announced Tuesday that while Walmart Supercenters are open 24 hours, they’ll be offering their Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving night. It’s a continuing trend with Thanksgiving happening later than normal this year.
More and more stores are announcing that they’ll be open on Thanksgiving, and some will even be opening earlier. It’s a phenomena some call the “Thanksgiving creep.” On Monday, Target announced they would open on 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving – an hour earlier than last year. Another hometown company, Best Buy, will open even earlier, at 6 p.m.
Black Friday shopping at Best Buy will kick off at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the company said in a release. Stores will then remain open until 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. Best Buy said customers wanted to shop on Thanksgiving evening last year, so the Richfield-based company is catering to that trend.
While many other consumers will simply avoid holiday crowds at shopping malls or even wait until Cyber Monday, retail stores across the nation will be buzzing with activity on the day after Thanksgiving. The following are five of the best American cities for Black Friday deals.
What sold big over 2013 and is sure to sell big in the last month of the year? If you are looking for a great gift, or just a fun item for yourself, here are some great choices.
Forget spending your Thanksgiving searching through the newspaper for the best bargains and deals. Download one of these free apps and use your smartphone to guide you to all the savings.