Black Friday has been known as the kickoff to the holiday shopping season with many retailers offering stellar discounts on the day after Thanksgiving.
A few things have changed over the years with more people than ever shopping online, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and retailers making awesome deals available long before what was the busiest shopping day of the year.
Black Friday 2020 was the second busiest shopping day of the year losing out to Cyber Monday.
Data obtained by Adobe Analytics brings the expected amount of retail sales from this season’s holiday season to more than $200 billion dollars for the first time ever.
Since the pandemic, consumers have seen an increase in prices of nearly every product and food item you can think of. Along with the inflation in cost, a shortage of products are also a problem, not only for consumers but retailers as well with labor shortages being the primary culprit. Inflation and demand means shoppers will also see fewer and smaller discounts during the shopping season.
Target Corporation’s Black Friday week deals run from Nov. 21-27, with the biggest deals being offered Nov. 25-27. Savings will be available both in-store and at Target.com.
Target stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Most stores will reopen at 7 a.m. local time on Black Friday, Nov. 26, and guests are invited to shop Target.com.
According to their website, Target will make even more Black Friday deals than last year available via Target’s same-day services, including Drive Up and Order Pickup, helping guests get the best deals on their terms with no membership required.
According to a press release, Christina Hennington, executive vice president and chief growth officer at Target said “We began offering holiday deals in October for those looking to shop early and we’re continuing to deliver big savings all season long, including Black Friday week. Whether shopping for deals or last-minute Thanksgiving needs, our team is ready to deliver incredible savings. And by making even more of our Black Friday deals available via our same-day services, we’re making it easier than ever for guests to shop everything on their terms.”
Shoppers can expect incredible savings on electronics, toys, kitchen appliances, vacuums, video games, apparel, beauty and more.
Walmart treated its customers to a 3 phase Black Friday event with its second annual Black Friday Deals for Days event. Two events were held earlier in November.
Event 3 begins online at Walmart.com on Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Stores will open at 5 a.m. Nov. 26 for customers who wish to shop in-person.
Walmart+ members receive early access to online Black Friday events throughout November giving shoppers an opportunity to shop all the same hot deals four hours earlier.
Walmart+ membership includes free shipping with no order minimum on items shipped by Walmart, free delivery from store, Rx for Less as well as mobile Scan and Go to make shopping even faster. Walmart’s membership offering is $98 a year or $12.95 a month.
In a press release, Scott McCall executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S. said “Our customers count on us to deliver an amazing Black Friday experience with the best prices year after year, and this year we’re making it even bigger and better with more ways to shop and more of every item.”
“The team has worked hard to prepare for another outstanding holiday season, and no matter how or where our customers choose to shop – from the shelf in a store, ordering online and picking it up curbside or having it delivered to their front door – they can depend on us for a safe and convenient shopping experience,” he said.
Walmart shoppers will get savings on new items from top brands, like Samsung, Reebok, Apple and Keurig, and hundreds of exclusive items that can only be found at Walmart and Walmart.com.
Lowe’s in New Bern will be closed Thanksgiving Day and open at 5 a.m. Black Friday.
Lowe’s Black Friday sale starts on Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 1. Deals are available in-store and online. Lowe’s Black Friday sale includes deals on tools, appliances, smart home gadgets, holiday decor and more.
Lowe’s is also offering Pre Black Friday deals and will be available to shoppers from Thursday, Nov. 18 to Wednesday, Nov. 24. Several deals slated for Black Friday will be available for purchase.
For more information on Black Friday deals at Lowe’s, visit lowes.com.
The New Bern Mall will open its doors at 6 a.m. Many of the stores including Belk’s will open at 7 a