Businesses are taking two approaches to post Thanksgiving holiday shopping. There’s Black Friday but some local small businesses say they’re looking to Saturday instead.
Along Portland’s trendy Northwest 23rd Avenue, it’s the larger national companies that advertise Black Friday. But there is a sale sign outside small clothing store Galore.
Assistant Larissa Abaidoo says, “We’re not going to stay open very late.”
“We didn’t open early, we didn’t do any mad rush, we’re not doing any crazy discount, it’s just the same discount we’ve been doing all week.”
Lynn Becraft, the co-owner of the small Portland chain Kitchen Kaboodle, says overall sales are up maybe 10 percent since last year.
She doesn’t do Black Friday, “We just don’t get involved in those kinds of deals,” she said.
“We don’t want to have our employees come to work at four in the morning.”
She’s hoping shoppers will respond to ‘Small Business Saturday’ instead.
By some estimates, a quarter of annual sales for retailers nationally is done in November and December.