After enjoying Thanksgiving, those in the Christmas and holiday shopping mood get ready to put on their coats and head out to local retailers to see what the best offers will be for 2019’s Black Friday sales.
Locally, community members have taken advantage of several deals by businesses as well.
“We had a lot of good customers and a lot of good sales,” Victor Lundeen Company owner Buzz Lundeen said. “It has always been a good day after Thanksgiving.”
Although the local merchant stated that the day usually yielded positive results, it was too early to tell if this year’s event was bigger than prior years. Lundeen’s and other businesses are also ramping up for “Small Business Saturday” with different price points and offers.
What seems to be different this year in the larger retail chains is in-store purchases. While many continue to have doorbusters when they open, many have offered deals to customers that would rather shop from the comfort of their own home then venture out. According to a report by Reuters, U.S. consumers spent more than $2 billion online in the first hours of shopping Thursday. This has caused many to speculate that Black Friday shopping has taken a hit as consumers look for conveinence, rather than lines.
According to a press release by Walmart, Black Friday saw its stores continue the trend of staying consistently busy. Local reports of activity at the Fergus Falls Walmart saw the traditional lines waiting outside the store for Black Friday deals before the store opened at 6 p.m. Thursday. The following morning, the store had slowed down but was still more active than usual.