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November 27, 2008

Crazy Black Friday Shopping Schedule, and a Plea to Shop Locally


If I was an avid shopper, and I’m not, actually, I’d be in a tizzy Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving. Starting early, (at some stores right after midnight; their poor employees!) retailers—mostly the large chains—open their doors to shoppers eager for what appear to be major bargains on electronics, clothes, toys, etc.


Check out some of the opening times for local businesses. I compiled this list by perusing through the stacks of advertising inserts in today's Contra Costa Times, but if you Google "Black Friday," you find a number of websites that have info on major retailers and their hot bargains:


Thanksgiving Day: Walgreens. Yes, Walgreens is actually getting a jump on everyone!

Friday morning
3 a.m.
Best Buy will pass out tickets to select “doorbusters” before its 5 a.m. opening
4 a.m. Kohls, JC Penney
5 a.m. Target, Circuit, Macys, Old Navy
5:30 a.m. Big 5 Sporting Goods
6 a.m. Longs Drugs, Radio Shack, Bed Bath & Beyond, JoAnn Fabric and Craft stores, Burlington Coat Factory, Office Depot, Home Depot
7 a.m. Office Max, Cost Plus World Market, Ace Hardware
8 a.m. Lane furniture store


These “doorbuster” bargains are available for several hours and at some stores all day. And you should check with the Target, Old Navy, Home Depot, etc., closest to you to check on opening times.


Retailers this year are of course especially desperate to lure people into their stores on Black Friday and through the Thanksgiving weekend. A number of economists have predicted that this holiday season could be especially gloomy for retailers, given GEC (the Global Economic Crisis), or, as what another friend is now calling, GD2 (Great Depression 2).


In an earlier post, I reported that the website, 24/7 WallSt.com, says that the day after Thanksgiving is considered “the bellwether of holiday sales” and will determine "the fate of several companies.” 24/7WallSt.com named 10 companies that might not make it into 2009 if their sales don’t pick up significantly this holiday season. Four of those companies have stores in Walnut Creek.


Meanwhile, the East Bay Express and more than 70 other members of Association of Alternative Newsweeklies are urging their readers to shop locally. These newspapers, located all across the country, are urging readers to spend at least $100 of their holiday money this fall at locally owned stores in their communities—a move that could pump more than $2.9 billion into urban economies during this recession-plagued season.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information on the opening times. I tried calling some of those same stores tonight and obviously they were not open. You saved me a lot of time, and sleep!

No, this is not me in this photo. said...

Hi there,
I hope the list works for you, and I'm not misdirecting you. I'm not an expert at Black Friday Doorbuster shopping. It's what I pulled together sorting through my Contra Costa Times this morning. Good luck.