Cadiz merchants report strong Black Friday sales
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Dec 01, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Despite national concerns about lower than average Black Friday sales, local stores reported average or better than average sales on that day.

Bob Brame, general manager of Cadiz Hardware, said that even though the store didn’t have extended Black Friday hours, it was still the best day after Thanksgiving they’ve had in the past four or five years.

“I’m thinking maybe we’ll have extended hours next year,” Brame said.

The hardware store, which has been in business for the past 14 years, did have some Black Friday-specific sales, said Brame, who added that while they have had extended hours in the past, he didn’t think it would be worth it this year, and that they haven’t for a few years.

Becky Williamson co-owns the local Radio Shack. She said that they did the same general amount of business on Black Friday that they have done the previous four Black Fridays since they’ve been in business, adding that their hours were extended

“It’s a big day for us,” Williamson said. “We opened at 5:30 a.m. and closed around 6 p.m.”

Williamson said that like previous years, they did about five times the amount of sales that they do on a typical day, although they were concerned they might not do as well this year.

Brad Gilchrist, the manager of Fred’s, said they had a good Black Friday as well, better than the last two years at least, although it started off slow in the morning. There were some one-day sales, he added.

Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander said that there were no major incidents on Black Friday or on Thanksgiving weekend as a whole in the city, aside from a fatal wreck on Sunday afternoon (see story on page A1).

Trigg County Sheriff Randy K. Clark said that aside from some snow, there were also no major incidents in the county on Thanksgiving, Black Friday or Thanksgiving weekend.

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, many retailers open very early, often at 4 a.m., or earlier, and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season.

It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005. Because Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday in November, the day after occurs between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29.
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