Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A handful of incidents, many of them at Kmart on 27th Street, were reported to Greenfield police on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.
Members of the Greenfield Police Department didn't just hand out coffee and holiday cheer over the weekend. Officers responded to a handful of shoppers-gone-bad calls on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, ranging from parking lot accidents to a more serious incident at Southridge Mall. According to the police department's log: Get great local stories like this on Facebook. Click to join us!
Monday, November 26, 2012
The officers served more than 25 gallons of coffee and hot cocoa to shoppers waiting for Black Friday deals at Best Buy, h.h.gregg and Target.
_________________________________ When Greenfield police officers pull up to Best Buy or Target, it's more often than not because of people trying to pull stunts like these guys or this mom. (Think retail theft attempts gone bad). But on Friday, officers were out at three major chain stores for much different reasons. They spent time at various Greenfield businesses serving coffee and hot cocoa, candy canes and cookies to Black Friday shoppers waiting in line. According to Chief Brad Wentlandt, officers would normally be assigned to these locations to monitor the lines and crowds, but the event allows the officers to interact with shoppers in a positive way and spread some holiday cheer. Heck, the department's spiffy Subaru even made an …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
On Thursday, people gave thanks for what they have. The next day, they rushed out to buy things they want—whether for themselves or to give to others.
Thanksgiving has all but disappeared from the major media landscape. The Halloween candy wasn't even down to only Smarties when Christmas trees appeared in stores. Black Friday sales didn't even wait for Friday this year. There were several retailers who decided to bump up the rush by opening the doors Thanksgiving night. Walmart's Black Friday deals started at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving, according to the Journal Sentinel. And Target stores opened at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving, according to Bloomburg Business Week. In 2011, sales were estimated to be $11.4 million—a 6.6 percent increase over 2010—according to a CNN report on Black Friday sales. But almost half of them were buying things for themselves, 11 percent more than reported doing so in 2010. It'…
Saturday, November 24, 2012
You stood in line for the best deals out there? Now share with us what was worth the wait.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Organizers say they are trying to pressure Walmart to respect that their workers want to unionize.
Caledonia resident Randy Bryce and about 50 other people stood outside the Somers Walmart Thursday night to protest what they say are unfair wages and benefits for employees. Pro-union groups - including people from Overpass Light Brigade and Our Walmart - held up signs that asked for Walmart workers to be respected, Bryce said. “We wanted to show our support for the workers who are trying to unionize,” Bryce said. “We want Walmart to respect their workers. We were not trying to keep people out or have people not shop there. We were not there to shut down Walmart. It was to give them some more courage and reassure them that they won’t retaliate against you.” Bryce said that a number of workers get their hours reduced to a point where they …
It's Black Friday, and that means great deals—and huge crowds. What makes it worth the wait for you this year?
It's the official start of the holiday shopping season... Get ready for stores to open earlier than ever (even on Thanksgiving night), lines and incredible deals. Are you out shopping today? Upload a picture of yourself waiting in line (outside or inside) and be sure to share your bargains in the comments!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Need some help before you head out to the stores Thanksgiving evening? Here are some suggestions.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Shoppers can get into Southridge starting at 11 p.m. Thursday and wait for stores to open at midnight.
After the final piece of turkey is gone, the last snap of football completed and the inevitable food coma that follows that third helping of pumpkin pie, another Thanksgiving comes to an end for families across the nation. But just because the food and football is over doesn’t mean it’s time to let sleep whisk the rest of the day away. In fact, you might want to set an alarm or make sure one of your family members wakes you up from your slumber so you can get out and enjoy another tradition—Black Friday shopping. “There is an excitement,” said Mary Mokwa, manager of Southridge Mall. “Based on the sales trends we’ve seen this year, there’s a buildup to the holiday season and I think people are going to spending more in addition to enjoying …
Lines have already begun to form outside Best Buy in Greenfield.
Think you're going to be first in line at Best Buy on Black Friday? Think again. Customers have already set up six tents, as of Wednesday afternoon, near the store's west entrance in anticipation of Black Friday deals. The store opens at 2 p.m. Among those in line are Joe Butschli of Greenfield and his brother John Butschli of Appleton, whom Patch interviewed last November. They told TMJ4 and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel they have been camped out at Best Buy since Sunday and started the tradition four or five years ago. Greenfield police officers will once again be out on Black Friday, according to the department's Facebook page: Operation Candy Cane II. Officers will be out Thursday night delivering candy canes and hot coffee to …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
It's time to get your shop on, and rise of online shopping and Cyber Monday has given deal-hungry consumers some options.
With Thanksgiving occurring on the earliest possible day this year, the official holiday shopping season is as long as it can be. For years, the Friday following Thanksgiving — Black Friday — was the unquestioned king of that season. But the furious growth of the Internet has spawned Cyber Monday, an online shopping frenzy that grew 22 percent from 2010 to $1.25 billion in sales in the United States. It still pales in comparison to Black Friday, which last year generated $52.4 billion in sales, up from $45 billion in 2010. Many shoppers enjoy the early rising, elbow-to-elbow aisles and energy of in-person shopping on Black Friday, and the game-planning that goes with it. Others would prefer to sit in their home or office and cross off gift…