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Shoppers hit stores on Black Friday

Despite a slow economy, merchants say Black Friday sales were strong in Pulaski County, with some stores expecting sales to surpass those on Black Friday a year ago.
The day after Thanksgiving is referred to as Black Friday because it is the official start of the Christmas shopping season and often is the day in which retail businesses tally enough sales to start turning a profit for the year.
At Peebles in Pulaski Plaza, Store Manager Kimberly Wood said Friday, “We’re having an awesome day.”
The department store opened at 7 a.m., and, she said, “A crowd of people was waiting when we opened the doors.”
Peebles’ goal for Black Friday sales was $17,000. Wood said $13,000 already had been registered just after noon, so the store should exceed 2007 figures for the day, when the tally reached $20,000.
“I expect we’ll exceed last year’s sales,” she added. Even prior to Friday, she said, sales had been strong at the store.
Wood said the store also had signed up 25 new credit accounts by Friday afternoon.
Roger Wood, manager of Magic Mart in Pulaski, agreed sales were strong at the store even prior to Friday.
Although Black Friday sales were not as strong this year as they were in 2007, he said he didn’t expect them to be since the store was still in its grand opening stage at this time a year ago.
Nonetheless, he said, sales are good “considering the economy. But you have to consider the economy when you make that statement,” he added. Magic Mart opened at 8 a.m.
Dublin Wal-Mart Store Manager Scott Brotherton said sales were “going real good” Friday. “We’ve very pleased with business.”
He said the store was selling a lot of electronics, apparel and toys.
Although he didn’t have any figures to compare with a year ago, Brotherton said, “It’s been a very busy day,” when asked for a comparison.
Wal-Mart is open 24 hours a day, but the Black Friday sales didn’t start until 5 a.m. He said most customers showed up around 4 a.m. so they would be there when the sales started.
All registers were in operation, and Brotherton said clerks were keeping busy.
Tractor Supply in Pulaski also was reporting a “very strong day” in terms of sales Friday.
Store Manager Heather Steele said the store was supposed to open at 6 a.m., but customers were waiting and “followed us in the door when we went in at 5:45.”
She added early Friday afternoon, “We had a nice rush in the morning and a heavy rush at lunch….It has died down now, but we’ll probably get another rush at 6 p.m.”
Welders, mini bikes, air compressors and clothing were popular items at Tractor Supply.
Unlike prior years, Lowes Store Manager Thomas Holsinger said customers seemed to have their shopping lists “more planned out” this Black Friday.
“We’ve not really seen that in the past,” Holsinger said of the preparedness customers were showing. “They know what they want, and they’re more researched.”
In the past, he said, customers seemed to just buy without really thinking about what they were spending.
On past Black Fridays, Holsinger said, the Fairlawn store opened at 7 a.m. This year, it opened at 6 a.m. “I think that helped us,” he said.
Sales and “down-to-earth, basic necessities” also were selling in higher volume this year, he said.
Emanuel Bookstore in Pulaski was having a “Blessed Friday” sale rather than a “Black Friday” sale.
Store Manager Debbie Ayers said sales were “going real well” Friday, “maybe a little above a year ago.”
“We’ve had someone in here all day long,” she said. “Traffic has been steady.”
The religious bookstore opened at its regular time of 9 a.m.

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Shoppers hit stores on Black Friday

Despite a slow economy, merchants say Black Friday sales were strong in Pulaski County, with some stores expecting sales to surpass those on Black Friday a year ago.
The day after Thanksgiving is referred to as Black Friday because it is the official start of the Christmas shopping season and often is the day in which retail businesses tally enough sales to start turning a profit for the year.
At Peebles in Pulaski Plaza, Store Manager Kimberly Wood said Friday, “We’re having an awesome day.”
The department store opened at 7 a.m., and, she said, “A crowd of people was waiting when we opened the doors.”
Peebles’ goal for Black Friday sales was $17,000. Wood said $13,000 already had been registered just after noon, so the store should exceed 2007 figures for the day, when the tally reached $20,000.
“I expect we’ll exceed last year’s sales,” she added. Even prior to Friday, she said, sales had been strong at the store.
Wood said the store also had signed up 25 new credit accounts by Friday afternoon.
Roger Wood, manager of Magic Mart in Pulaski, agreed sales were strong at the store even prior to Friday.
Although Black Friday sales were not as strong this year as they were in 2007, he said he didn’t expect them to be since the store was still in its grand opening stage at this time a year ago.
Nonetheless, he said, sales are good “considering the economy. But you have to consider the economy when you make that statement,” he added. Magic Mart opened at 8 a.m.
Dublin Wal-Mart Store Manager Scott Brotherton said sales were “going real good” Friday. “We’ve very pleased with business.”
He said the store was selling a lot of electronics, apparel and toys.
Although he didn’t have any figures to compare with a year ago, Brotherton said, “It’s been a very busy day,” when asked for a comparison.
Wal-Mart is open 24 hours a day, but the Black Friday sales didn’t start until 5 a.m. He said most customers showed up around 4 a.m. so they would be there when the sales started.
All registers were in operation, and Brotherton said clerks were keeping busy.
Tractor Supply in Pulaski also was reporting a “very strong day” in terms of sales Friday.
Store Manager Heather Steele said the store was supposed to open at 6 a.m., but customers were waiting and “followed us in the door when we went in at 5:45.”
She added early Friday afternoon, “We had a nice rush in the morning and a heavy rush at lunch….It has died down now, but we’ll probably get another rush at 6 p.m.”
Welders, mini bikes, air compressors and clothing were popular items at Tractor Supply.
Unlike prior years, Lowes Store Manager Thomas Holsinger said customers seemed to have their shopping lists “more planned out” this Black Friday.
“We’ve not really seen that in the past,” Holsinger said of the preparedness customers were showing. “They know what they want, and they’re more researched.”
In the past, he said, customers seemed to just buy without really thinking about what they were spending.
On past Black Fridays, Holsinger said, the Fairlawn store opened at 7 a.m. This year, it opened at 6 a.m. “I think that helped us,” he said.
Sales and “down-to-earth, basic necessities” also were selling in higher volume this year, he said.
Emanuel Bookstore in Pulaski was having a “Blessed Friday” sale rather than a “Black Friday” sale.
Store Manager Debbie Ayers said sales were “going real well” Friday, “maybe a little above a year ago.”
“We’ve had someone in here all day long,” she said. “Traffic has been steady.”
The religious bookstore opened at its regular time of 9 a.m.

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