Local businesses prepare for Black Friday shoppingPublished 10:28am Saturday, November 17, 2012
Black Friday is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and you don’t have to go out of town to get in on the fun.
The Alexander City Chamber of Commerce and local business owners want to encourage people to shop local Friday and support local businesses.
“All of our retailers, as far as I know, will be opening and having special sales,” said Marvin Wagoner, chamber of commerce president and CEO.
A number of local businesses will have Black Friday deals or special hours – like Radio Shack. Cam Caldwell, store owner, said Radio Shack will have great sales on a variety of electronics, like tablet PCs.
“We open at 7 a.m., and there will be a very limited supply,” Caldwell said. “The 7-inch tablet will be $79, which is a $20 discount.”
Goody’s will also have special deals and hours, opening from 8 p.m. to midnight Thanksgiving Day and reopening at 6 a.m. Friday.
“We have over 300 Black Friday doorbusters,” said Kiki McCain, supervisor. “We’ll have a lot of $19.99 specials going on in the whole store.”
Steele’s will also be open 8 p.m. to midnight Thanksgiving Day and 6 a.m. Friday.
Deanna Sherrer, store manager, said the first 100 customers to the store on Thanksgiving will receive a scratch-off card. Steele’s will also have giveaways, like a $150 shopping spree, gift cards and earbuds.
In addition to great deals, shopping local has other benefits.
“Those dollars that are spent here are circulated in terms of buying more retail products and services,” Wagoner said.
Caldwell also emphasized keeping tax dollars in Alexander City schools and the community, as well as an added benefit of buying from the local Radio Shack – in-house repairs.
“You don’t have to worry where to send it,” Caldwell said. “We do it all right here. That’s our biggest reason to keep people at home.”
Stephanie Smith, owner of Little Black Dress, said she will also have great deals for the Black Friday shoppers, including 25 percent off storewide and half-price gameday clothes.
“I think anything they can find out of this town, they can find here,” Smith said.
Wagoner said he wanted to encourage everyone to “begin their Christmas shopping and shop Alexander City first.”
“It’s important that we support our local businesses,” Wagoner said.