Black Friday

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The number of people shopping Black Friday deals has dropped significantly in recent years, while the number of people shopping online has increased. But the parking lots at the Niagara Falls Fashion Outlet Mall still filled up fast and the spirit of the season filled the air.

Black Friday traditionally has been one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but the way retailers view it has been changing.

That’s according to Ted Potrikus, he is the President and CEO of the New York State Retail Council, and he said that while stores will certainly be busy on Friday, the concentration of shoppers is more spread out throughout the holiday season, partly due to online sales but also because of the staggered hours at the regular brick and mortar stores.

The holiday shopping season got under way Thursday night and. On Friday morning, many area stores opened their doors early for customers, but crowds don’t seem to be coming out the way they used to for Black Friday sales.

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Buffalo City Hall is making it easier to shop in the city for this hard-core shopping weekend.


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The holiday weekend brought millions of shoppers outdoors to take advantage of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals.

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Even though it was barely past 8 a.m., some Black Friday shoppers were already resting tired feet in the McKinley Mall food court.

As many consumers scramble to cash in on holiday deals during the busiest period of the shopping season, advocates are urging them to their homework and be on the lookout for deceptive advertising practices.

Most holiday shoppers aim to avoid stores

Nov 23, 2015
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As the holiday shopping season creeps forward, nearly nine out of 10 consumers say they'll try to avoid traditional brick-and-mortar stores, turning instead to online retailers.

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Calling small businesses and local entrepreneurs the backbone of the state's economy, Governor Andrew Cuomo has designated today as Small Business Saturday.

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Some local stores and malls were taking heat over the past couple of weeks as public outcry called for the boycott of shopping on Thanksgiving day. With many stores choosing to open at 6 p.m. the night before Black Friday, WBFO’s Avery Schneider went looking to find out if employees think the choice was worth it…

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With Black Friday sales underway, many Canadians, especially those living near the border, are preparing to head south to cash in on some deals. However, the best years of that cross-border shopping may be a thing of the past.

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Rules established by the Canadian Border Agency make shopping at American stores very appealing.

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Local businesses along Main Streets and other popular thoroughfares throughout Western New York were crowded with shoppers, recognizing Small Business Saturday.

The initiative is in its third year and was started, in part, by American Express. Following Black Friday, holiday shoppers are encouraged to visit their local merchants to support smaller vendors and to recognize the personal service and unique offerings that they specialize in.

Estimates are that 100 million people have taken part in the effort since 2010.

It was a Black Friday unlike many others in recent years.  The early start of the shopping season on Thanksgiving night meant crowds were more manageable Friday.

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Friday is a work day in Canada, but Black Friday being pushed in Ontario.  Black Friday is said to be the day when shopping the day after American Thanksgiving turns corporate books from red ink to black ink.

Area retailers were met by throngs of eager shoppers on Black Friday.

Many stores and shopping locales opened especially early this year, some as early as Thanksgiving night. The earlier hours appeared to ease the rush of shoppers that have, in some instances, led to injuries in the past. And the bargains were the driving force in bringing out the dedicated, early shoppers.

The Eastern Hills Mall opened at midnight for Black Friday for the first time in its history. Marketing Manager Karen Garrow claims that the move was a success.

Sunny skies and mild temperatures greeted Black Friday shoppers across Western New York.   Shopping malls were filled on what is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.  

The Buffalo News reports 1,600 people were waiting outside the Toys 'R Us store in Amherst Thursday night, waiting for the 9pm opening of the store.   It was also busy at Toys 'R Us in Hamburg, where store manager Lisa Santangelo said the early start to shopping drew quite a crowd.

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While the day after Thanksgiving symbolizes a day known as Black Friday, with door busting shopping deals for consumers, marking the start of the holiday shopping season, it also is a day of protesting nation-wide.

Friday is also a day that animal rights advocates from around the globe joint in “Fur Free Friday” protests, demonstrating against the use of animal furs and leather for coats and other consumer goods.

Congresswoman Hochul: Support the Small Shops this Season

Nov 23, 2011

The day after Thanksgiving is known by retailers and shoppers alike as Black Friday, the first and traditionally busiest day of the holiday shopping season.  In advance of its arrival, Congresswoman Kathy Hochul was appearing at the first of several stops to encourage local consumers to consider supporting smaller, independently owned businesses this season.