Black Friday starts earlier

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2011-11-24T00:00:00Z Black Friday starts earlierBy Tim Trainor of The Montana Standard Montana Standard
November 24, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Thanksgiving dinner won’t yet be cleared from the table before the focus turns to the Christmas shopping season.

Wal-Mart kicks off the local “Black Friday” deals at 10 p.m. Thursday, with another round of sales starting at the supercenter at midnight. The Butte Wal-Mart, a 24-hour store, has the ability to let customers wait inside for the clock to hit 10 p.m. and the sales to begin.

Herberger’s, on the other hand, expects big crowds to wait both inside the Butte Plaza Mall and outside the store for its midnight Thursday opening.

“We opened at 3 (a.m.) last year,” said manager Tom Rolfson. “This is the earliest we’ve ever been.”

Rolfson said the biggest deals, which include sales on comforters and women’s boots, will run from midnight until 

1 p.m.

He said that Black Friday “really sets the tone of the balance of the holiday buying season.”

The mall will open its doors at 9 p.m. Thursday so shoppers will not have to wait in the cold. In addition to Herberger’s, Payless, Claire’s and Christopher & Banks will all open at midnight. JC Penney opens at 4 a.m.

Kmart will try a different tack. The store will be open Thanksgiving Day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and open again 5 a.m. Friday. It will have six-hour specials running until 11 a.m. on Black Friday.

Store manager Trevor Garrels said electronics, toys and home décor should be hot sales items.

“It’s absolutely huge,” he said of getting off to a good start on the holiday season. “For most of my employees it’s a fun, busy day. It’s getting prepared for it that’s the hard part.”

Other Butte stores that plan to open early Friday include Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply at 6 a.m., which will feature 15 percent off everything in the store and 25 percent off clothing and footwear.

Bob Ward’s sporting goods opens at 7 a.m. and features a three-hour early bird sale.

A number of other Butte stores will open with regular hours, but feature special holiday sales.


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  1. tiredofit
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    tiredofit - November 24, 2011 9:58 am
    You are absolutely correct delilahjones. There are no values at all left in this world today.
  2. delilahjones
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    delilahjones - November 24, 2011 8:11 am
    Americans are people who know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
  3. tiredofit
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    tiredofit - November 24, 2011 1:31 am
    Holidays are for family and friends, not for working. Materialism is what this world has come to. There is no more family time and that is why the kids run the streets at all times. When people can't stay home and enjoy a Holiday with their families because they need to be out shopping there is definitely a problem. The merchants are greedier than ever and have helped take away what was left of our family enjoyment. Materialism and Greed that is what this world has come to.

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