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    Packages move along a conveyor at an Amazon fulfillment center on Cyber Monday in Robbinsville, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images Amazon said Tuesday it rang up record-breaking sales during the post-Thanksgiving rush, providing an upbeat outlook for a holiday shopping period that's been lackluster for the retail industry. In a blog post, Amazon said home goods, toys and apparel were among the top categories in the period from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. Popular purchases included Apple AirPods, Fire TV sticks and the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer. Amazon didn't disclose sales figures for the two notable shopping days, which are typically its busiest in the holiday period. Analysts and investors will have to wait for Amazon's fourth-quarter results in late January or early February for a fuller picture of the shopping season. U.S. shoppers spent $10.7 billion on Cyber Monday, according to data from Adobe Analytics, marking a 1.4% decline from year-ago levels. Black Friday online sales also fell slightly short of last year's total, with retailers recording $8.9 billion...
    by Brooke Rogers | CBS 11 DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – ‘Tis the season to spend, and shoppers are back in the stores this year. But experts say consumers actually kicked off the season well before Black Friday. READ MORE: 16 Units Damaged In 3-Alarm Apartment Fire In Fort WorthBlack Friday traffic in stores was down nearly 30% from 2019, according to Sensormatic Global Retail Consulting. Senior Director Brian Field said shoppers are more enthusiastic about shopping in stores than they were last year. He said while shoppers are still concerned about the pandemic, increases in online shopping and hybrid shopping, like curbside pickup, contribute to the data. He also said consumers started shopping earlier this year and opted not to wait for sales because of supply chain concerns. READ MORE: Frisco Firefighters Extinguish Kitchen Fire, Save Home From BlazeAt the Galleria Dallas, the hours are shorter than in past seasons, but the holiday shopping started earlier than ever before. Black Friday shoppers at Dallas Galleria (Credit: CBSDFW.COM) “We had great traffic over Black Friday weekend, but we actually...
    Black Friday failed to bring back the typical level of shopping it brought to stores prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, with both in-person and online shopping over the holiday on the decline in comparison to 2019. Retail stores in the United States saw a decrease of 28.3% in Black Friday shoppers compared to 2019, the last year before COVID-19 . Some have attributed the decrease in visits to supply chain issues and shoppers already completing most of their shopping, according to the research conducted by Sensormatic Solutions . SMALL BUSINESSES WILL HIT TURBULENCE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON “While in-store shopping is still not back to 2019 levels, more shoppers felt comfortable visiting stores in person this Black Friday than in 2020,” said Brian Field, senior director of global retail consulting at Sensormatic Solutions. "One driver of this increased traffic could be ongoing supply chain challenges and shipping delays, which are resulting in consumers shopping earlier to ensure their gifts arrive on time." Shopping in-person on Thanksgiving itself plummeted by 90.4% compared to 2019. The decrease was...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County small business owners are hoping shoppers will make purchases Saturday during Small Business Saturday, one day after the crowds at malls and stores for Black Friday were smaller than in past years. Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 for the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to “Shop Small” and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration became a co-sponsor in 2011. READ MORE: No Burn Order Extended For Many Parts Of SouthlandSmall Business Saturday set a record with an estimated $19.8 billion in reported spending in 2020, according to the Small Business Administration. Another record is projected for this year. Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell will visit multiple independently owned small businesses in his district in an attempt to raise awareness about the importance of small businesses and the jobs they create. Experts mainly attributed the smaller Black Friday crowds in Los Angeles County to the earlier start of Christmas shopping. READ MORE: Baseball Pitcher Hunter Greene Gives Away Thousands Of Cleats...
    Shoppers with bags from various stores stand next to each other as Black Friday sales begin at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville, Kentucky, November 26, 2021.Jon Cherry | Reuters Traffic at retail stores on Black Friday dropped 28.3% compared with 2019 levels, as Americans shifted more of their spending online and kicked off their shopping earlier in the year, according to preliminary data from Sensormatic Solutions. Traffic was up 47.5% compared with year-ago levels, Sensormatic said. This time in 2020, many shoppers stayed at home due to fears around the coronavirus pandemic and as retailers operated on somewhat reduced hours. "It's clear shoppers are shopping earlier this season, just as they did last season," said Brian Field, senior director of global retail consulting at Sensormatic. He added that the two main reasons shoppers are spreading out their holiday purchases are ongoing concerns about Covid and worries about the supply chain. The peak time for Black Friday shopping in stores was 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., similar to trends in past years, Sensormatic said. Black Friday is still...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Black Friday has come and gone but that doesn’t mean you should put away your wallet just yet. Small Business Saturday begins later today. Small businesses were some of the hardest hit during the pandemic — resulting in the closure of roughly two-hundred thousand of them nationwide during the first year of the pandemic alone. READ MORE: Man Robbed And Shot In AustinMany small business owners are hoping to see just as many shoppers as seen on Friday. The holiday shopping frenzy brought out crowds like we haven’t seen in two years. READ MORE: PAWS Dog Of The Week: ArielPeople packed into downtown Chicago throughout the day and night. It was a welcome sight for the owner of Kido – a local business that sells clothes, books, and toys. Keewa Nurullah says she saw a flow of customers on Friday that reached pre-pandemic levels. “The tide has turned people are out shopping, we get to see our favorite families out shopping,” she said. MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Rain, Snow Mix Followed By SunshineTo celebrate Small Business Saturday,...
    Los Angeles police late Friday were on citywide tactical alert after a wave of smash-and-grab “flash mob” robberies at high-end stores. And in Lakewood, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives were investigating a possible smash-and-grab robbery at a Home Depot after people stormed into the store Friday night and fled with sledgehammers and bolt cutters, according to authorities and a store employee. Friday’s tactical alert follows a series of incidents in which groups have swooped in on stores across Los Angeles — including a Nordstrom at the Grove shopping center and several stores at the Beverly Center in the Beverly Grove neighborhood — and have fled with thousands of dollars in merchandise. Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident at Nordstrom on Tuesday, where as many as 20 people stole $5,000 worth of merchandise after smashing a display window, police said. In Canoga Park, several people entered a Nordstrom store Wednesday night at the Westfield Topanga & the Village shopping center, where they attacked a security guard with bear spray and took off with merchandise. At...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Holiday shopping was as festive as could be this Black Friday night on Oak Street right off the Mag Mile. Santa and Mrs. Claus headed to Oak Street Friday night to help switch on a new light display along the popular shopping district, between Rush Street and Michigan Avenue. READ MORE: Former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton Faces Driving While Intoxicated Charge After Recent In Northwest IndianaMore than 100,000 white lights were set up on the more than 40 trees and light poles on the block. The choreographed lights blink, fade, and shimmer in time with ambient holiday music that plays along the street, according to the organization Oak Street Chicago. READ MORE: Police: CTA Bus Driver Stabbed In Hand After Confronting Man Who Pickpocketed Woman In Old TownThe show was created by Illuminight Lighting, which has also designed and set up the ZooLights Festival at Lincoln Park Zoo for more than 10 years. MORE NEWS: After 2 Long Years, Crowds Of Shoppers Downtown Are Thrilled To Be Out And About Again This Black FridayShoppers can enjoy the...
    FOXBORO (CBS) — Bundled up with bags in hand, shoppers at Patriot Place in Foxboro Friday night were still seeking those Black Friday savings. After a holiday season spent at home and apart from each other last year, shoppers were ready to resume their traditions. READ MORE: Cohasset Police Returning Mail To More Than 40 Customers After Overnight Thefts“When COVID started, I stopped. And now, things are getting more open so I can start going out more,” a male shopper from Maine said. We’ve seen how supply chain challenges have impacted many parts of life. A lot of shoppers are keeping that in mind, starting early and spending more. READ MORE: Medford Man Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Woman At Middlesex Fells Reservation“I usually don’t get it done until last minute, but this year I wanted to get it done early in case anything happened and shipping and stuff like that,” another shopper said. According to the National Retail Federation, in-person shopping is up more than 14 percent this year, and individual consumers plan to spend about $1,000 total. And...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — After a rash of smash and grab retail robberies, among the greeters, shoppers, and visitors in Union Square on Black Friday, were San Francisco police officers. Some walked around, others drove around by motorcycle and patrol car. Many visitors said they appreciated the high police visibility. READ MORE: New COVID Variant 'Omicron' Identified; Dow Stocks Tumble More Than 900 Points“I feel very safe. I like it. It feels very good,” said Sharlotta Velger, who works in Union Square. “I have my family here – my wife and my baby – I feel secure,” said Jose Diaz, visiting from Sacramento. SFPD Chief Bill Scott was out there as well. He told KPIX 5 the visibility on Black Friday, and throughout the remainder of the holiday season, is critical. “We have to prevent reoccurrences of what we saw last week. That’s what we’re here to do,” he said. “We have to sustain this type of presence. People feel better when we are here.” A week ago, a large group of people ransacked the Louis Vuitton store in Union...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — This Black Friday, bargain hunters did something we haven’t seen in over a year – they showed up in person. As CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reported, crowds of shoppers were seen shuffling in and out of Loop storefronts all day Friday. It was a welcome change for retailers after the pandemic kept many shoppers at home last year. READ MORE: Burglars Target The North Face Store, Foot Locker In Wicker Park; Boost Mobile Nearby In Humboldt ParkBut this Black Friday comeback could make those supply chain challenges we’ve been experiencing lately all the more challenging. In 2020, Tami Doig wasn’t comfortable shopping anywhere. One year and three COVID-19 shots later, she was out with her daughter in the South Loop. “Not interested in like the crazy, trying to be part of the crazy mess at the big box stores, but we wanted to support this store,” Doig said. The store she was talking about is Kido at 1137 S. Delano Ct., a local business that sells clothes, books, and yes – the toys on your...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Police Department has taken special care this year to pay attention to holiday crimes as there appears to be an increase in robberies. From the San Fernando Valley to L.A.’s westside, shoppers were seeing a visible police presence at local malls. READ MORE: Towering Musical Theater Master Stephen Sondheim Dies At 91“Definitely more security for sure — noticeable,” said shopper Earl Evans. The increase in security comes after a series of so-called “smash and grab” robberies, which include destroying barriers like windows and then stealing items. One recent instance was on Wednesday night when a security guard at a Nordstrom store in Canoga Park attacked with bear spray, and the burglars left with valuables. At Westfield Century City on Friday, uniform officers were on foot patrol, while expandable barriers were ready to be installed. “We are monitoring the situation with smash-and-grab robberies around the county very closely. We have a great relationship with LAPD and local authorities and are working with them to make sure we’re fully prepared,” said Louis Schillace, a senior...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Many Maryland shoppers returned to brick and mortar stores for Black Friday in search of deals. Amber Dupre was among them. She picked up a new tv at the Timonium Best Buy. “I got this tv for $549, and it’s usually like $1000,” Dupre told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. “I haven’t seen any arguments. somebody just gave me their parking space, so I was like, ‘Today is going to be a good day.’” Shoppers were back out in force in Maryland this #BlackFriday. We’ll look at the challenges for retailers from supply issues to staffing shortages on CBSN Baltimore at 6 and WJZ at 7 @wjz pic.twitter.com/AN1iEO31KV — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) November 26, 2021 READ MORE: Catonsville Carpenter Moonlights As Santa's Helper, Writing Back To Hopeful ChildrenMeghan Caine also found some bargains. “Yeah, I just got a good deal on a tv. I just purchased a mattress and got a great deal on that. I’m finding them,” Caine said. Both shoppers were excited to return to Black Friday traditions after many stayed home in 2020 because...
    POLICE have responded to reports of a shooting at Southpoint Mall. Law enforcement officers were called to the Streets at the mall following the reports. 1A shooting has been reported at the mallCredit: Google Maps Shoppers rushed to malls across the country today as Black Friday sales commenced. Malls and stores report decent-sized crowds, if not the floods of people that used to fight over the latest toys and electronics — online shopping is much too common for that now, and discounts are both more subdued and spread out over the weeks leading up to Christmas, on both websites and in stores. But out-of-stock items due to supply crunches, higher prices for gas and food, and labor shortages that make it more difficult to respond to customers are also causing frustrations for shoppers. Most read in NewsExclusive'DEAD DISSING' Comedian who joked about Young Dolph's death killed after mocking rapperExclusive'HE'S A MANIAC' I want parade 'killer' dead after he took aim at my granddaughter, 16MONEY GRAB Deadline set for plus-up stimulus checks worth up to $1400 - are you eligible?HOLIDAY TRAGEDY...
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — Shoppers packed into stores and malls across the Philadelphia region on this Black Friday. Eyewitness News was at the Cherry Hill Mall on Friday morning as they opened its doors. “This is just a tradition we do every year,” Lee Gitzes, a Black Friday shopper, said. READ MORE: 55-Year-Old Eloise Harmon, Who Was Shot And Killed In South Philadelphia, Identified As City's 500th Homicide VictimTraditions continue. (Credit: CBS3) Black Friday kicked off dark and early at 6 a.m. with shoppers eager to get a deal at the Cherry Hill Mall. “I actually love it the most, I think, because I’ll get up for this because it’s just really fun,” shopper Ava Friedrichs said. Retailers are banking on people showing up in person this holiday shopping season. Last year, people mainly shopped online because of the pandemic. The National Retail Federation says supply chain issues could also encourage people to shop in person. “Shop early if you have the must-have wish list gift item, shop early and come in person and shop the...
    Black Friday shoppers may experience sticker shock this year. Prices of toys, clothing, electronics, computers, and televisions are expected to be between five and 17 percent higher this year than last year. That’s because discounts are being put on prices already pushed higher because of inflation.  Also, retailers not discounting as deeply as they have in the past. Many items that in the past might have been marked down 50 percent or more will see 20 percent off sales this year. Televisions, which had been falling in price for years, are up sharply this year. The Labor Department said its index of consumer prices for televisions is up 10.4 percent compared with last year. Overall, consumer prices on durable goods are up 13.2 percent compared with 12-months earlier. Clothing prices are up 4.3 percent. Jewelry is up 7.5 percent. Computers, tablets, and smart home assistant prices are up 8.4 percent. The Associated Press reports: Buoyed by solid hiring, healthy pay gains and substantial savings, customers are returning to stores and splurging on all types of items. But the spike has...
    Black Friday spending in the U.S. reached a record high of $9 billion last year and led to an uptick in emissions. Holiday shopping is on the horizon as Black Friday and Cyber Monday loom ever closer. Black Friday purchases hit a record high last year, with consumer spending reaching $9 billion. Cyber Monday was even more successful: U.S. consumers spent $10.8 billion. Oddly, data breaking down the environmental impact of both days is relatively scarce in the U.S. The U.K. instead offers some insights into just how much emissions spike during major shopping events like this. According to Money’s 2021 Dirty Delivery Report, Black Friday deliveries from online shopping alone in the U.K are estimated to produce 386,243 tonnes of carbon this year. Data pinpointing emissions from brick-and-mortar store sales is harder to find, though transportation accounts for the largest emitting sector in the U.K., according to government figures. It’s also the highest greenhouse gas emitter in the United States according to the Environmental Protection Agency, accounting for 29% of all emissions in 2019. Protests are starting to become the norm...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Steve Bernas, president, and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, joined ABC7 to discuss holiday shopping.Bernas gave tips for people as they shop during the holiday season. He spoke about how to avoid shopping scams on Black Friday.SEE ALSO | Black Friday 2021: Chicago area shoppers line up for deals outside Aurora outlet mall"Instead of setting an alarm to brave crowds for deeply discounted items, dedicated shoppers are expected to look for deals online in advance of Black Friday, similar to last year," said Bernas. "However, the concern is that shoppers do so with caution."He also discussed how ongoing supply chain challenges could impact holiday shopping in 2021 and offered warnings for shoppers about price hikes caused by inflation."The impact of the continued pandemic, hiring challenges for retailers, expected global supply chain interruptions, and other economic factors will determine how people will shop," said Bernas. "Retail experts are predicting higher-than-normal crowds in the stores and increased percentages in spending on gifts, decorations, and overall holiday-related purchases."RELATED | Stores kick off Black Friday...
    Black Friday has long served as the kick-off for the holiday shopping season, but the annual retail event is a day that’s shrouded in a little mystery. While competing myths have left some history-loving shoppers scratching their heads, the general consensus is that Black Friday got its start in Pennsylvania in the 20th century. "Many people think that ‘Black Friday’ comes from the idea that it’s a highly profitable day for retailers, one where they’re getting ‘out of the red’ and ‘into the black,’" said Jay Myers, the co-founder and vice president of growth at Bold Commerce. "The term didn’t actually originate from retailers. Philadelphia police officers first used the term ‘Black Friday’ in the 1960s to describe the day after Thanksgiving, when a flurry of tourists came into the city to shop, causing traffic jams and accidents." THIS BLACK FRIDAY, WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO PAY?Black Friday Little Known Facts1. The first recorded ‘Black Friday’: The first time the term "Black Friday" was used on a national level came in September 1869. But, it wasn’t in reference to holiday...
    David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images When it comes to shopping for a new car, this isn't your typical Black Friday. Deals and discounts that were once plentiful this time of year are harder to come by. An ongoing global shortage of microchips — key components needed for today's autos to operate — continues to impede manufacturers' production of new vehicles, which has translated into demand outpacing supply.  "In any other year, you'd be able to find deals," said Jennifer Newman, editor in chief of Cars.com. "This year, it's going to be limited."VIDEO3:2803:28Industry expert predict chip shortage to persist through next yearThe ExchangeThe supply imbalance has pushed the average price paid for a new vehicle to about $44,000, according to the most recent estimate from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. That's 19.3% higher than October 2020, when transaction prices averaged $36,887. Consumer demand also has spilled into the used-car market, pushing up values there, as well. For vehicles that are 1 year to 3 years old, the average price is $38,974, a 46% jump from $26,627 two years...
    In the most consumptive nation on earth, Black Friday in the U.S. has long been viewed as the ultimate looking glass: Reflecting all that is good, bad and so-so about the world’s largest economy. This year, it’s that, and then some. Supply-chain bottlenecks have led to short supply of merchandise, with many goods out of stock. Inflation is at a 30-year high and discounts aren’t as deep. Newly empowered workers have forced wage hikes yet many retail jobs remain unfilled. And a string of recent robberies at high-end stores in Northern and Southern California have retail workers on edge. Add the Delta variant and vaccine resistance, which is filling hospital beds and making in-person shopping potentially risky, and it might be a Black Friday like no other. “I think this is gonna be the first year with a severe backorder,” said Luis Lainez, manager of a T-Mobile store at the West Hollywood Gateway. “I don’t know what we’re gonna do if everybody’s walking in and we’re like, ‘We’re gonna have to ship it out.” Yet for all those obstacles,...
    BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota (WCCO) — With Thanksgiving leftovers still in the fridge, the National Retail Federation says more than 100 million Americans are expected to do some shopping on Black Friday, some online but others in stores. WCCO’s Marielle Mohs was at the Mall of America in Bloomington Friday morning as hundreds lined up overnight in order to get in early. There was a dash for the doors at 7 a.m. sharp. READ MORE: List Of 2021 Restaurant Holiday Gift Card Deals In MinnesotaThe first 200 people there received gift cards, and everyone got mystery scratch off tickets to win free gifts. There were shoppers who came from not just the metro area but also out of state, including Chicago and Wisconsin, to experience Mall of America on Black Friday. READ MORE: Santa's Helpers This Year Opting For Socially-Distanced Face TimeThose seeking to spend money may require some extra time and patience to find what they want this year. Many in-demand products have become exceedingly hard to find. Shipping delays at ports and a nationwide trucker shortage have left many stores...
    Retail analysts are predicting record-setting sales from in-store and online holiday shopping this season, but the crowds didn’t get an early start in some of the oft-busy retail corners of the Bay Area. At the Westfield Oakridge shopping mall in San Jose, the number of shoppers could be counted in the dozens rather than the hundreds just after 7 a.m. Friday, when the stores first opened. Parking was plentiful, and the only line that had formed was a gathering of eight or so people waiting to get into a GameStop before it opened its doors. Patricia DiSilva and Hannah Arrington were two of those people waiting to get into the GameStop before doors opened, and the lack of a crowd surprised them. They live nearby and walked to the mall in order to avoid what they assumed would be a crowded parking lot. “We were trying to beat the traffic,” Arrington said. “But there was no traffic to beat,” DiSilva contined. “”We were expecting more people.” Malls in the East Bay were quiet, too, with no early crowds at the...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — With Thanksgiving behind us, holiday shoppers are making sure they get the best bargains this Black Friday. Despite a lot of deals moving online, there were still some people are braving the cold to score the best deals. A few dozen people seen were lining up outside the Walmart in Natomas overnight. The store opened at 5 a.m. READ MORE: Cash Coming To Tahoe Wildfire Center Where Burned Cub EscapedOther stores aren’t seeing the Black Friday crowds of old. Case in point: it was all quiet outside the Best Buy in Natomas around the same time. READ MORE: Holiday Shopping Season Meets Worker ShortageStill, many stores have modified their hours on Black Friday and are opening early to get a jump on the holiday shopping season. MORE NEWS: Beloved Tahoe Park Donut Shop Burglarized Thanksgiving MorningMost malls around the greater Sacramento area are also opening early. The Roseville Galleria hours on Black Friday will be 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Arden Fair Mall is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Weberstown and Vintage Faire malls are open...
    Toys are seen at a Target store on October 25, 2021 in Houston, Texas.Brandon Bell | Getty Images Despite high sales expectations for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, just over half of American consumers don't plan to shop on some of the biggest days for deals during the holiday season. Fifty-two percent of Americans said they won't go shopping on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday, while 59% said they are not excited to go shopping on any of the three days, according to a CNBC/Momentive Small Business Survey for Small Business Saturday. The survey was conductive by Momentive from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12 and included 2,744 respondents. An estimated 158.3 million people will shop from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year, an increase of 2 million people compared to 2020, according to the National Retail Federation. However, that would be down 4.2% compared to the number of people that shopped over that period in 2019. Amid a holiday shopping season noticeably different than previous years impacted by pandemic trends and new habits like curbside pickup,...
    PLEASANT HILL (CBS SF) — Nicolas Perry drove into the parking lot of the Pleasant Hill Best Buy store shortly after midnight, fully prepared to spend hours standing in an ever-growing line outside waiting for a 5 a.m. dash inside to take advantage of the Black Friday door-buster deals. But what he found was a nearly empty lot. This year in the San Francisco Bay Area it appears the door opening mob of shoppers were merely a pre-COVID memory. READ MORE: Link Found Between Smash-and-Grab Burglaries in Larkspur and Palo Alto“I got here like at 12 in the morning because I expected a hella people,” he told KPIX 5. “That was my mistake. I had blankets in the car, pillows, I had back waiting for the line to start.” By the time Best Buy opened its doors, there were only about three dozen people lined up outside. But for some like Christy Brown, they were ready to get an early start. “I’m going to wake up at 4 a.m., go shopping. Anything that’s open I’m just going to go shopping,”...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s officially one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and retailers are looking forward to the big boost in black Friday business. Beginning early Friday morning, folks lined up at the Best Buy in Hurst for two things, Sony Playstations and the black Friday experience. READ MORE: Nonprofit Brings War Veterans And Former Pro Athletes Together To Help Each Other“We kind of wanted the experience of going out early in the morning and getting the feel for it,” said shopper Sam Tolson. Black Friday is practically another holiday itself for retailers, and luckily for them, consumer spending is expected to be strong. The National Retail Federation predicts about 158 million people will open up their wallets this weekend, up two million from last year. Half of those folks are expected to shop today. “People are trying to get back out there!” said shopper Ethan French. READ MORE: North Texas Shoppers Prepare To Take What They Can Get On Black FridayAnd getting back out there, they are. The organization believes that in person shopping is...
    PLEASANTON (KPIX) — Bay Area shoppers spent Thanksgiving at home as major retailers did not open their stores on the holiday and opinions were mixed about whether they would return to malls on Black Friday, given COVID concerns and recent smash-and-grab thefts. “I’m going to wake up at 4 a.m., go shopping. Anything that’s open I’m just going to go shopping,” said Christy Brown. “I’ve never gone Black Friday shopping so I think it would be really fun to try it out.” Brown was at Key Mercer Sports Park along with others looking to enjoy the outdoors before their Thanksgiving meal. Others were excited to gather in large groups, knowing their households were vaccinated and the fear of spreading COVID-19 outdoors isn’t has high. They also were skeptical about deals available compared to what they remember from years past. “I am kind of scared with what’s going around so I’m not planning to go in person,” said Ginal Shah. “It’s not the same anymore.” Some acknowledged that the crime spree happening at Bay Area malls is hard to ignore. While...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thanksgiving Day in Philadelphia means Christmas Village is back at LOVE Park. There was so much excitement in the air for the 14th annual Christmas Village Thursday afternoon. People packed inside the open-air German Market early in the morning. Some having their pictures taken in front of the ‘I Heart Philly’ sign. READ MORE: Retailers, Employees At Cherry Hill Mall Expect A 'More Traditional' Black Friday Dozens of venders including international and local ones selling gifts and decorations and ornaments. The smells were also impressive; people ate German food and sipping on hot chocolate. Many families from the Delaware Valley came out Thursday morning, but some are visiting from out of state, like one couple from Boise, Idaho. “We love it. This is actually a return trip for us. So we really love it here. Made it a point of coming back here,” Kyle Stevens told CBS3.   “It’s just happiness,” Erica Lynn from West Philadelphia said. “You see all these people around you don’t really see, and it’s just good times, really.” But among the beautiful...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Holiday shoppers hit stores and malls early across the Tri-State area to take advantage of all those Black Friday shopping deals.Unlike past years, this year we dealing with not only the pandemic but also supply chain issues and inflation.ALSO READ | Black Friday deals: From Amazon to Walmart to local stores, make sure to shop earlyEMBED More News Videos Shop early! 7 On Your Side's Nina Pineda says jumping on Black Friday deals now could save you big time. Video showed the moment Macy's opened the doors to its flagship store in Midtown Manhattan at 6 a.m. after being closed on Thanksgiving Day.A large crowd rushed in.And across the Hudson River, the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey opened an hour later at 7 a.m.Eyewitness News found lots of enthusiastic shoppers there, despite this year's limitations.Shoppers are expected to pay on average of between 5% to 17% more for toys, clothing, appliances, TVs and others purchases on Black Friday this year compared with last year, according to Aurelien Duthoit, senior sector advisor at Allianz...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Stores have already opened their doors for Black Friday shopping. Here’s what you need to know. Walmart and Best Buy opened early. READ MORE: Brookfield Zoo's 'Holiday Magic' Light Festival Returns Friday For 40th YearMacy’s, Bath and Body Works, Home Depot, and Lowes will all open at 6 a.m. At 7 a.m., Target, GameStop, and TJ Maxx will open their doors. If you’re looking to upgrade your tech, Apple opens at 8 a.m. So does Hobby Lobby for anyone looking to stock up on holiday decor. And finally, for those looking to do Black Friday in bulk, Costco opens at 9 a.m. READ MORE: Art On TheMART Debuting 'Shaping The Future' Projections FridayCBS 2’s Meredith Barack reported live outside Best Buy in South Loop where there have not been as big of crowds as in past years. The store manager told Barack that’s because they released their Black Friday sale prices days ago and many people are sleeping in. The manager said they will make their way to the store later. Experts say shoppers in the market for...
    SALEM, N.H. (CBS) – As the holiday season slowly returns to normal, one tradition looking to make a return is Black Friday shopping. Many malls and big-name retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target kept their doors closed on Thanksgiving, but that didn’t keep shoppers away from stores that remained open such as Game Stop in Salem, New Hampshire. Many shoppers waited in line to snag a PS5. READ MORE: Secrets To Saving When Shopping From Boston's 'Coupon Queen'“I’ve been trying to get one of these for a while now. I’ve been here since 2 o’clock, so I finally got it,” Eric Mendoza said. “I’m trying to surprise my dad with one for Christmas, but unfortunately I was a little late this time,” Julian Mancini said. According to the National Retail Federation, 64% of Americans are likely to shop in stores on Black Friday, up from 51% last year. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues Causing Kitchen And Laundry Appliance ShortagesMany stores are preparing for long lines Black Friday morning, but some people say despite in-person shopping being available once...
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — Businesses are getting ready to open their doors for Black Friday across the tri-state area. Eyewitness News is at Cherry Hill Mall Friday morning as employees showed up ahead of the 6 a.m. opening. The store itself is empty now, but it won’t be like that for much longer. READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Chilly, Windy Black Friday Sets Up For Winter-Like WeekendLisa Wolstromer, the senior marketing manager for the mall, told CBS3 it will be one of the busiest shopping days of the year. “It is Black Friday, our retailers have a lot of great deals and promotions, and consumers are ready to come back to in-person shopping,” she told CBS3’s Howard Monroe. “Also, shopping early this year because of supply chain issues, so we expect today to be a very busy day.” Wolstromer said things have definitely changed when it comes to post-Thanksgiving shopping. READ MORE: 'I Think Something Horrible Happened To Mark': 11-Year-Old Mark Heimbaugh's Disappeared From Cape May County 30 Years Ago“Retailers were closed yesterday, and the past couple of years...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A warning for shoppers going online for the Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday.As you're scoring those deals from your couch, be vigilant of scammers looking to take advantage of you, because you could buy an online gift and never get it!One cyber intelligence group, Check Point Research, said it has discovered an average of about 5,300 malicious websites per week and its recently seen 178% record breaking increase in malicious shopping sites.To make sure you don't fall victim to a holiday scam, you should: Only shop from websites you know and trust: When shopping online, the best way to avoid being scammed is to buy directly from a reputable seller. Look closely at the url: Scammers will try to copy-cat well know companies with similar domains. Always check the url for spelling errors or discrepancies. Check for company contact information: A website that is malicious may not provide a phone number or email. Use credit, not debit cards. If you end up having to dispute an unwanted charge it's much easier to do so...
    NEW YORK -- Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season Friday with bigger crowds than last year in a closer step toward normalcy. But the fallout from the pandemic continues to weigh on businesses and shoppers' minds.Buoyed by solid hiring, healthy pay gains and substantial savings, customers are returning to stores and splurging on all types of items. But the spike has also resulted in limited selection across the board as suppliers and retailers have been caught flat-footed.Shortages of shipping containers and truckers have helped to delay deliveries while inflation continues to creep. The combination of not finding the right item at the right price - in addition to a labor shortage that makes it more difficult for businesses to respond to customer needs - could make for a less festive mood.Shoppers are expected to pay on average of between 5% to 17% more for toys, clothing, appliances, TVs and others purchases on Black Friday this year compared with last year, according to Aurelien Duthoit, senior sector advisor at Allianz Research. TVs will...
    Target is a Black Friday hot spot for holiday shoppers but a change in their recent plans has some customers asking questions about their hours.  When it comes to holiday shopping, Target is one of the biggest destinations for customers, especially when it comes to Black Friday. And while some people have elected to take their holiday rush online, some still prefer to go to the store and get things done. With that said, recent years prior to 2020 had seen many stores open on Thanksgiving Day and allow mad dashes to the hot items on the holiday. That, however, is now a thing of the past, at least for this store. Prior to the holiday, Target announced that they would be closed on Thanksgiving Day in 2021 and every year moving forward. That’s absolutely huge news but it could also affect the plans of any Black Friday shoppers. Specifically, it begs the question of when the store opens on the day after Thanksgiving.Target Black Friday hours: When does Target open?For the most part, Target will open a 7 a.m....
    Walmart is always a Black Friday destination for shoppers but if you’re looking to head to the store instead of shopping online, what are the hours in 2021? Over the past few years, stores such as Walmart have somewhat shirked the conventional Black Friday tropes. Namely, many retail chains have been opening with their big holiday shopping deals on Thanksgiving Day in addition to having all deals available online. While online shopping is still an option, many shoppers and customers enjoy the thrill of the in-store hunt. And luckily, Walmart has big new deals that they are set to roll out on the day after Thanksgiving, even if they’ve had some sales going on for the past few weeks. So to get in on these Nov. 26 deals at the retail superstore, you need to know when to get there. That’s where we can come in with the store hours to help you out.Walmart Black Friday hours 2021For those of you shoppers who want to get into the madness on Black Friday, you’ll need to hit Walmart early. The stores...
    COMMERCE, Calif. (KABC) -- The Citadel Outlets opened on Thanksgiving for Black Friday shopping, the first time since the start of the pandemic that they opened early for the holiday tradition."We are hoping we return to some return normalcy, that we have a big crowd, that people are happy to be back," said outlets manager David Blagg.According to Blagg, the outlets did not open early for Black Friday shopping in 2020 - which usually happens on Thanksgiving night.This year, the opened the gates to the property at 4 p.m. to let shoppers in, but the stores will open at 8 p.m.In light of recent flash mob thefts that have been going on across California, Blagg said they're taking a different approach with security this year."We do have some new security measures that are in place," said Blagg. "Let's just say that within a minute to two minutes of an alarm being sounded, needing to close the centers as far as access in or out we are very capable of doing that," said Blagg.
    SALEM, N.H. (CBS) – As the holiday season slowly returns to normal, one tradition looking to make a return is Black Friday shopping. Many malls and big-name retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target kept their doors closed on Thanksgiving, but that didn’t keep shoppers away from stores that remained open such as Game Stop in Salem, New Hampshire. Many shoppers waited in line to snag a PS5. READ MORE: Brush Fire In Beverly Extends Hundreds Of Feet Along Train Tracks“I’ve been trying to get one of these for a while now. I’ve been here since 2 o’clock, so I finally got it,” Eric Mendoza said. “I’m trying to surprise my dad with one for Christmas, but unfortunately I was a little late this time,” Julian Mancini said. According to the National Retail Federation, 64% of Americans are likely to shop in stores on Black Friday, up from 51% last year. READ MORE: Mayor Wu, Charlie McAvoy Serve Thanksgiving Meals At Pine Street InnMany stores are preparing for long lines Black Friday morning, but some...
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — It’s not Black Friday yet, but some happy shoppers got their hands on the coveted PlayStation 5 on Thursday. There was a line of shoppers waiting when a Cherry Hill Gamestop opened its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The store only had 21 PS5s in stock so some gamers weren’t taking any chances. They lined up early Thursday morning. Black friday shopping is underway at Gamestop in Cherry Hill. The first man in line got here at 5AM!! pic.twitter.com/MKP5pQ5aUJ — Kerri Corrado (@KerriCorrado) November 25, 2021 READ MORE: 15-Year-Old Girl Shot When Gunmen Fire At Least 40 Shots At Vehicle In South Philadelphia, Police SayEyewitness News talked to one woman who chose GameStop over Thanksgiving dinner. She says she lost her patience with online shopping when it comes to the popular PS5. READ MORE: Police: Man In Custody After Motorcyclist Struck, Killed In Northeast Philadelphia“I’ve been looking for so long and I’ve had so many missteps with it so the frustration of being online, being in queues for an hour, getting kicked off,...
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) -- The holiday music was loud and festive at Walnut Creek's Broadway Plaza, but playing to no one, as it seems that controversial trend of stores opening on Thanksgiving day has come to an end."I kind of like it," said Hadi Rismanchi as he and his family rode their bikes through the mostly-deserted plaza. "It's not about shopping, Thanksgiving. It's about family, getting together and just celebrating."Perhaps accelerated by the huge shift to online shopping during the pandemic, national retailers like Macy's and Old Navy have halted what had been the creep of Black Friday into Thanksgiving Day.Target says it will keep stores closed on Thanksgiving Day for good.RELATED: Here's which stores are open, closed Thanksgiving Day 2021Most stores are returning to what used to be traditional, a 5 a.m. start on Friday.One exception is Game Stop in Pleasant Hill, where about a dozen people lined up in anticipation of Thursday's 5 p.m. opening."I'm here for the PS5," said Cashmeir Thomas, who said Black Friday shopping is an annual ritual for her. "Because the prices are...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Millions of Americans are used to the tradition of dipping out of the house on Thanksgiving to catch Black Friday deal, but this year that's not a choice with just about every retailer shut down in Chicago Thursday afternoon.While some people think that's just fine, tourists are having a pretty uneventful day.With not a shopping bag in sight, people are taking in their Thanksgiving holiday with a stroll down Michigan Avenue, but they don't have much to do.RELATED: What stores are open, closed Thanksgiving Day 2021?"I mean, for heaven's sake there are 365 days in the year, Thanksgiving, other holidays, other celebrations -- it's a good thing that they're closed," said Philip Burton.Just about every retailer is shutdown nationwide, a trend that could become the norm going forward.But even with the stores closed, companies, like Target, said they still need workers in on Thanksgiving evening to prepare for Black Friday shopping in the morning.Liam Nork, who is visiting from Connecticut, will have to wait for that after leaving the city empty handed Thursday.RELATED: How 900 North Michigan...
    Kohls The Thanksgiving Day meal has wrapped up and Americans are preparing for Black Friday shopping plans! Kohl’s is one of the major retailers that closed for Thanksgiving Day but is offering extended hours for in-person shopping on Black Friday. There is also a plethora of specials to help customers get everything on their lists.Kohl’s Is Open From 5 a.m. Until Midnight on Black Friday KohlsKohl’s has Drive Up and In-Store Pickup. Kohl’s has more than 1,160 stores across the United States. According to the company’s website, all locations will open their doors on Black Friday beginning at 5 a.m. They’ll remain open for in-person shopping until midnight. As for Saturday, November 27, Kohl’s will be open from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. To find the Kohl’s located close to you, use the company’s online locator tool here. Kohl’s also noted on its website that shoppers can shop online and pick up the items at the store: Kohl’s makes holiday shopping easy with options like fast and free contactless Drive Up and In-Store Pickup, which offers...
    Mejuri was made by women, for women and men who appreciate fine jewelry and enjoy wearing it anytime they see fit. As CEO Noura Sakkijha states, Mejuri is about mutual uplift — it encourages shoppers to support one another, but also to support themselves; to celebrate themselves, and treat themselves. So whether you’re in the mood to gift or receive diamonds and gold this holiday season, Merjuri’s Black Friday Sale is not one to be missed. Currently, the Mejuri website’s tagline reads “‘Tis the season to shine,” and if there’s any one-stop shop for sophisticated accessories, this is it. Offerings include virtually everything from rings to necklaces, bracelets, and even wedding bands, with best-sellers like the Sapphire Choker, Curb Chain Necklace, Stacker Ring, and Croissant Dôme Hoops. According to sources that spoke with The Daily Beast, Mejuri’s Black Friday Sale is its biggest promotion of the year. It all starts with a private sale from November 22nd through November 23rd, in which only email subscribers will have access to the sale: 20% off purchases of $150 or more (before tax)....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Thanksgiving is here and that means after the Turkey comes shopping, Black Friday shopping. Unlike previous years, many major retailers are closed on Thanksgiving this year, which shouldn’t be a problem because most early Black Friday sales are available online, and some are available before Thanksgiving. Whether its post pandemic staffing issues or the popularity of simply shopping online, the major retailers say they’re  closing on Thanksgiving Day to allow employees time to spend with family. So to help with your holiday shopping, here’s a list of many major retailers Thanksgiving and Black Friday hours. Aldi – Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Regular hours on Black Friday. Best Buy – Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Open 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. Black Friday. Big Lots – Open from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Open from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. BJ’s – Closed on Thanksgiving Day.  Opens at 7:00 a.m. on Black Friday. Costco – Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday hours vary depending on location. CVS – Open regular store hours on...