BENTONVILLE, Ark. (CAP) - Walmart and several other large retailers got a jump on the competition by kicking off "Black Friday" shopping last Tuesday at midnight without telling anybody, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).
Interestingly, despite the fact that the retailers didn't announce that they were moving Black Friday up by well more than a week, thousands of customers still lined up outside their stores to take advantage of the sales.
"Something inside me just knew," said Carol Broadnax of Downers Grove, Ill., who said she found herself drawn to her local Target store around 11pm that evening. "When I saw the hundreds of other glassy-eyed shoppers shambling toward the entrance, I knew I was on to something."
"The more retailers come to rely on that holiday push to make their bottom line, the earlier [Black Friday] is bound to become," said NRF spokesman Fred Purcell, who anticipated that by 2016 it could be pushed back as far as Memorial Day.
"The danger is of course that it will eventually move so far back that it will be after Christmas, which could actually be detrimental to sales," he pointed out.
Only one store, a Walmart in Avon Park, Fla., reported a stampede on the early Black Friday, but all stampeding shoppers were immediately dispatched by the heavily armed Walmart greeters.
- CAP News Staff