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According to the National Retail Federation, there were more people than ever before shopping from Thursday-Sunday – about 2 million more this year, to 141 million – yet overall spending was down.
The NFR said shopping totaled $57.4 billion during the four-day holiday, or about $407.02 per person, down from $423.35 a year ago.
In another report, it was a successful Small Business Saturday.
According to the 2013 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released today by the National Federation of Independent Business and American Express, consumer awareness of Small Business Saturday across the U.S. jumped to 71 percent from 67 percent during the same period a year ago. Of those aware, 46 percent said they shopped on Small Business Saturday.
With awareness up, the end result was increased spending at small businesses. This year, consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending $5.7 billion with independent merchants on the day, an increase of 3.6 percent from a strong $5.5 billion in 2012.
As for the NRF’s report about the weekend shopping:
More than 141 million unique shoppers have already or will have shopped by the end of the big Thanksgiving weekend, up from 139 million over the same time frame last year. For those who shopped multiple times over the weekend, the survey found more than 248 million waited in line, took advantage of big discounts offered throughout the mall and shopped on retailers websites, up from 247 million shoppers last year.
According to a National Retail Federation survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics over the weekend, traffic on Thanksgiving Day itself grew 27 percent as nearly 45 million shoppers, or 31.8 percent of holiday shoppers, took advantage of special “turkey day” savings offers, up from 35 million in 2012. Black Friday was the biggest day: more than 92 million people shopped (65.2 percent) for apparel, electronics and more, up from nearly 89 million last year.
The NRF did say that the results don’t necessarily mean sales will be down overall for the entire two-month holiday season. It still forecasts a 3.9 percent increase overall compared to 2012.
Some 33 million people were expected to shop today on Thanksgiving, and among them was Stormey Billiot.
“We didn’t preorder the PS4, so I hope one of us can get it,” Billiot said. “It’s for him. We don’t have any kids. I want a diamond bracelet.”
Billiot came up empty at Toys R Us, which opened at 5 p.m., but she was hopeful her husband got what he wanted.
Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving kicked off the holiday selling season. “Black Friday” still is the biggest shopping day of the year, but more retailers are opening on Thanksgiving to get a jump on the competition. And with seven fewer shopping days this year than last between Thanksgiving and Christmas, many have dubbed Thanksgiving as “Gray Thursday.”
Ahead of her at Toys R Us were Whitney and Dustin Kenton. Thanksgiving lunch consisted of a trip through the drive-through at McDonald’s. They were helping Santa out by getting a Power Wheels Jeep that cost $150 less than regular price.
Meanwhile, April Otts and Matthew Palmer were looking to get three LeapPad 2 devices, for their kids. They were third in line and were able to get two of the LeapPads, the maximum.
“They only had 20 and we could only get two,” Otts said. “It was just crazy in there. It was like a maze.” Read the rest of this entry »
If you missed it in today’s Daily Journal, here’s a story about restaurants open on Thanksgiving. If you’re outside Tupelo, be sure to check with your local favorite eatery. Just didn’t have time to call everybody in Northeast Mississippi, so we concentrated on where a lot of folks will be shopping on Turkey Day.
- The Hilton Garden Inn will serve breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. – but it won’t serve lunch or dinner.
- At the Summit Center, serving a Thanksgiving meal has been a tradition, and owner Jimmy Pappas expects several hundred people to enjoy turkey, fried catfish, pork medallions, ham, roast beef, soups, salads and desserts.
- For some Greek, Italian as well as some Thanksgiving fare, Vanelli’s is open all day.
- Woody’s is again serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with ham, roast turkey, deep fried turkey, vegetables, breads and desserts.
- Todd’s Big Star will be open, and its deli will have turkey and ham among its choices. The store is open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.
- Dodges, Cracker Barrel, Ryan’s, Waffle House, Huddle House and IHOP are open with regular hours.
- Most fast-food restaurants will be closed, but all McDonald’s locations are open 24 hours.
- Sonic on West Main Street will open at 3 p.m., while the location on North Gloster Street opens at 9 a.m. and stays open until 3 a.m. Friday.
- Pizza Hut on West Main Street is open at 4 p.m., but other locations are closed all day.
- JP’s Funky Little Shack opens at 4 p.m., as does Applebee’s and Subway locations.
- Some stores at The Mall at Barnes Crossing will open at 8 p.m. – the mall itself opens at midnight – and some food court restaurants will open as well. Sbarro, Peppers Express and Steak Escape will open at 8 p.m., while Chick-Fil-A and Magic Wok open at midnight.
We’ve added a few more stores that will be open on Thanksgiving since the original posting on Monday.
More stores are opening earlier this year than ever before to get a jump on Black Friday shopping frenzy. And don’t forget to get a copy of today’s Daily Journal, which is chock full of Thanksgiving and Black Friday ads.
Here’s who’s opening when on Thanksgiving Day. And if you get hungry while you shop, here’s a list of restaurants that are open for some, if not all, of the day.
- Scruggs Farm, Lawn, Garden and Home Improvement: 7 a.m.
- Family Dollar: 8 a.m to 6 p.m.
- Big Lots: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Old Navy: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., then reopening at 7 p.m.
- Walmart: Open 24 hours, but specials start at 6 p.m., and again at 8 p.m.
- Cowboy Maloney’s: 3 p.m.
- Toys R Us: 5 p.m.
- Best Buy: 6 p.m.
- Goody’s: 6 p.m.
- Shoe Carnival: 6 p.m.
- Sears Hometown stores: 7 p.m
- Kmart: 7 p.m.
- Sears (mall): 8 p.m.
- Belk: 8 p.m.
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- Kohl’s: 8 p.m.
- JC Penney: 8 p.m.
- OfficeMax: 8 p.m.
- Staples: 8 p.m. to midnight
- Ulta: 8 p.m.
- Ashley Furniture HomeStore: Midnight
Several merchants in the area are giving away candy bags from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
They are Caron Gallery, Farmhouse on Main, Gumtree Museum of Art, His Hers, MLM Clothiers, Reed’s, Rosies, Serendipity Too, SprintPrint, Swirlz, The Dance Studio, The Main Attraction, TCT and Voe’s.
For traditional night trick or treating, on Thursday, between Green Street and Robbins Street will be the annual Trunk or Treat from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring food, live music, popcorn and more.
It’s sponsored by the Downtown Main Street Association and several churches, including First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, All Saints Episcopal Church, First Christian Church and Kingsgate Church.
Also on Halloween, The Mall at Barnes Crossing will have trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m., and a magic show at the Food Court will be at 6:15 and 7 p.m.
Then you may be eligible for up to a $15,000 grant from the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Here’s what the CVB has to say about its program:
The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is happy to announce its matching grant program for event promotion for FY ‘14. The program’s goal is to fund the promotion of special events and festivals that attract visitors to Tupelo.
The program calls for letters of request for marketing funds to be submitted by November 4, 2013 for events that fall within the CVB’s fiscal year 2014 that runs from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. A 30% match is required to request funding from the CVB and the CVB’s contribution is capped at $15,000.
Selection criteria published by the CVB focuses on scoring requests using five elements:
1. Commitment to tourism in Tupelo;
2. Regional promotion;
3. Soundness of proposed project;
4. Stability and management capacity; and
5. Quality and uniqueness of proposed project.
Renovations are on tap for two popular destinations in Tupelo: Dick’s Sporting Goods and Red Lobster.
There also will be some electrical work, and new track lighting installed.
• At Red Lobster, plans call for a renovation of the interior and the exterior.
New seating with new looks are on tap, and it looks like the exterior will get a remodeling, too.
No word on when the work begins at either location.