Friday, November 9, 2012
Target, Kmart included in turkey day sales. Is it too early to start Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving Day?
If you have a black belt in Black Friday shopping, listen up: Area big-box retailers are gearing up to dazzle bargain hunters even earlier this year — starting Thanksgiving Day, right after you put away the pumpkin pie. Walmart, Target and Kmart are planning all-out holiday shopping assaults. Why doze off in a turkey slump watching football when you can be out taking care of holiday shopping business? Walmart will offer, beginning at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, holiday gifts for the entire family while supplies last. That includes an electric scooter for $79, a steam mop for $39 or men's jeans for $9.50. (Why do mom and dad always get the boring presents?) Target's deals begin an hour later, at 9 p.m. According to an ad leaked online, the …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Party City and Target are getting requests for more gory costumes and Avengers costumes.
It’s that time of year again. The time when you can put your old self to the side and take on a totally new personality or character. Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s not too early to think about what you want to be on the scariest night of the year. Like every year, many local stores have a list of costumes for all ages. However, there are some Halloween costume ideas that seem to be more popular than others this year. Harold Grabes, general manager of the Party City on Frontier Drive, said even the kids are looking for creepier costumes this season. “This season, they’re going more gory and haunted,” Grabes said. “For every kid that asks for something like Luigi, I get about 10 more asking for the Grim Reaper.” Grabes said …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Company still to determine which stores it will close.
The future of local Kmart and Sears stores is uncertain. After disappointing holiday sales, Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) reported it would close up to 120 stores nationwide. The Illinois-based retailer has not yet determined which stores it will close, according to an Associated Press report in the Washington Post. Sears Holdings Corporation has more than 4,000 retail stores in the United States and Canada. The company reports being the leading home appliance retailer. Local Sears Stores Local Kmart Stores
Monday, December 19, 2011
The national Kmart Secret Santa mystery came to Springfield.
It was about 1 p.m. Friday when a man approached the layaway desk at the Springfield Kmart. "At first I didn't understand what he was asking," said assistant store manager Lilly Johnson. Johnson said the "nice gentleman" wanted to pay the balance of someone's layaway. "He said he preferred a layaway with toys," said Johnson. A store associate randomly pulled a layaway from the shelf and scanned a toy. The account that appeared was the one paid. The Associated Press reports Secret Santas are busy at Kmart stores across the country. Anonymous donors are calling stores or showing up in person to pay off strangers' layaway accounts. Business Insider has asked for help solving the mystery. "The thing is, no one has a clue who's behind it."
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Walmart and K-Mart are open on Thanksgiving; other stores open very early Friday.
Fairfax County Police and the Office of Consumer Affairs offered security tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping in a live online chat and corresponding video (attached), as shoppers prepare to begin the Holiday retail season. Walmart in Burke and K-Mart in Springfield are open Thanksgiving Day. Other area department stores are scheduled to open in the wee hours of Friday morning. Best Buy (Springfield) Opens at 12 a.m. J C Penny (Springfield) Opens at 4 a.m. K-Mart (Springfield) Open Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Open Black Friday, Nov. 25, 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. Kohl’s (Burke) Opens at 12 a.m. Macys (Springfield) Opens at 12 a.m. Target (Burke) Opens at 12 a.m. Target (Springfield) Opens at 12 a.m. Walmart (Burke) Open …