Like a lot of brick and mortar locations Sears in Chattanooga’s Northgate Mall is closing. After being there for decades their last day is at the end of January. Nationally Sears and K-Mart have suffered due to low sales and heavy competition from other stores and online shopping. I hate to see things like this happen because it means jobs lost and more empty space in shopping malls. I hated when the Radio Shack in the same mall closed up a couple years ago. I hope for the best for those workers who will have to find a new job soon.
In the next few hours retailers will be preparing for the onslaught that is Black Friday sales. Be patient and kind with those who will be working their shifts. Retail is a very difficult job because it means dealing with stores of inventory and stores of people. Nothing will be solved with raised voices and insults. Also be safe!
The ending of a retail era at Toys r Us. We are giving up the communal retail experience for convenience at a cost. Still nothing like going to a brick and mortar store and walking out with a toy or anything else.
Saturday, November 25, 2017 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.
The local economy is impacted greater when one supports local stores and businesses this time of year. Many mom and pop shops are the work of people who do what they do out of love and to provide good jobs for their friends and neighbors. So today and throughout the holidays support those small businesses in your area that make a big differences.
Cyber Monday falls on the first Monday after Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday in the United States. It’s becoming one of busiest online shopping days for deals and discounts in the US.
Get your devices ready and your credit card handy for today is Cyber Monday. It will be another busy day of holiday shopping where billions in sales will be made today. This is another big day for retailers and online stores to increase their profits for the year. I hope you find the right thing whatever that might be.
This is a huge day for retailers because it begins the holiday shopping season. You will find amazing bargains in stores all across the country. I heard on the news this morning that people are using apps and the web as tools to get the best deals possible and that online sales will be bigger this year than ever.
To all of those who are braving the crowds and traffic may the odds be ever in your favor.
Today was Small Business Saturday, a day set aside to promote small businesses in the midst of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. American Express is championing this effort to help independent retailers have a big impact on the economy during the holiday shopping season. We did our part today to help the economy and to put some money into the til of some of our favorite businesses on the North Shore of Chattanooga.
Happy Black Friday good people. Today is the big day of deals and steals (well don’t steal anything that would get you in trouble). People were lined up at the malls and the big box stores to shop kind of like the “Hunger Games” or something like that. If you are one of those braving the elements and your fellow bargain hunters I salute you. God have mercy. Have a great day. May the odds be ever in your favor!