Historically high Black Friday sales reported by city merchants
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:00 AM
With over 400 sales transactions, Steve Wilkerson said last week's Black Friday was the best he had seen in his 30 years in business at Steve's on the Square.
Emily Moore looks over shirts at Steve’s on the Square during an early morning Black Friday sale. Steve’s owner Steve Wilkerson said Friday was his best Black Friday in 30 years of business with over 400 transactions.
"We did great," he said. "We were busy all day long."
Steve's on the Square opened at 6 a.m. on Friday, welcoming a long line of early shoppers.
Wilkerson said he had 434 sales transactions that day.
"It was our biggest Black Friday ever," he said. "I'm blown away by how much business we saw in the first hour."
Also having a good day was Magnolias & Sassafras, directly across the street from Steve's.
Linda Griffis, co-owner of the store, said many of their customers came in holding Steve's on the Square bags.
"It was our most successful day," she said, "better than open house."
Magnolias & Sassafras had over 300 sales that day with their biggest sellers being jewelry, candles and coffee, Griffis said.
Out of the various items for sale at Steve's, the best sellers of the day were Colombia fleece jackets, Ugg boots and a variety of Patagonia items.
Wilkerson attributed the success of the day to a lack of competition from the larger retail chains.
Wal-Mart, in a change from previous years, held two sales on Thursday, at 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., and one at 8 a.m. on Friday.
Also having a good holiday weekend were the new liquor stores.
Clay Young, owner of Corks, said they had a busy Thanksgiving holiday.
"Wednesday was our busiest day ever," he said. "Everyone was getting ready for Thanksgiving."
Young also noted that Friday was an above average day.
"We just had a really good four-day holiday weekend," he said.
The larger retailers also had a good day with Wal-Mart seeing record-breaking Black Friday results nationwide.
While local Wal-Mart officials would not comment on sales here, Bill Simons, president and CEO of Wal-Mart U.S., said sales nationwide on Black Friday were "bigger, better, faster, cheaper and safer" than ever.
"We said Black Friday is the Super Bowl of retail, we ran a play that only Wal-Mart could deliver and our customers loved it," said Simon.
Bestselling items at Wal-Mart included big screen televisions, the iPad mini, laptops, Xbox One, Sony PS4 and Call of Duty Ghosts.
Nationwide, Wal-Mart customers also bought 2.8 million towels, 2 million televisions, 1.4 million tablets, 300,000 bicycles and 1.9 million dolls.