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Local retailers prepare for Black Friday

Posted November 23, 2009

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— With the state’s unemployment rate for October at 11 percent, retail stores are hoping consumers still spend money on Black Friday.

Mark Vogel, who shopped Monday in Garner, said he is probably going to spend less this year.

“Before we didn’t stick to a budget, we just kinda saw it and bought it,” Vogel said.

Local stores prepare for Black Friday Local stores prepare for Black Friday

Tighter budgets make it more difficult for stores to lure people inside.

“I would say we’re offering some better deals this year on some products we haven’t before,” said Kendra Lohmer, assistant manager at Target in Garner.

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, historically the point when retailers start to turn a profit.

“We’re looking forward to a big weekend because it will be a show of consumer confidence,” Revenue Secretary Ken Lay said.

Lay said it would also help the state’s finances and, in turn, impact others.

“As we collect taxes, it goes back into the community to build hospitals, build roads, sewers, water systems and those things that make life in North Carolina the kind of life people want to have and the kind of life they need,” Lay said.

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  • mjlt3 Nov 24, 2009

    You can't blame President Obama for the mess Bush left behind!!! Get a life or should I say JOB

  • NCPACKER Nov 24, 2009

    There are going to be some tremendous values this Friday. However, as the other poster noted, once you get there it will probably already be sold out. For example, Wal-Mart has an Emerson 32" flat screen Tv for under $250! But I bet each Wal mart only has 5 TVs. Why bother.

  • HappyGirl08 Nov 24, 2009

    Oh I'll be shopping. That's a nice target in Garner but I'm not going to be driving to Garner for Target.

  • me2you Nov 24, 2009

    i don't get all the hype...why wait in line when what they advertise isn't available? Most of the ads are bogus.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Nov 23, 2009

    "With the state’s unemployment rate for October at 11 percent, retail stores are hoping consumers still spend money on Black Friday."

    And I hope that Obama resigns this week but that aint gonna happen!!