Local Store Managers Talk Black Friday

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

If you want to get an idea on how Black Friday turned out for retailers, just talk to the store managers. Brian Landr is the General Manager of Meridian's Best Buy. Dennis Hall is the store manager of Meridian's Belk. They agree that yesterday had good results.

"Well actually we had a pretty good day yesterday. Traffic was up yesterday from last year," said Brian Lander.

"Well yesterday was an outstanding day, in fact, our sales were fantastic. It exceeded our expectations and we think that's a great measure of what the Christmas season is going to be and we're very optimistic about what the Christmas sales are going to be this year," said Dennis Hall.

According to early reports, shopping crowds were larger than last year. Hall believes this is an indication consumers are more comfortable spending, at least for the holidays.

"It's a great indication. So I think the customer is ready for a good Christmas and we're certainly ready for it as well," exclaimed Hall.

During this shopping extravaganza, people are hunting for the bargains and sales. Landor said he thinks most of the customers Best Buy saw left satisfied.

"A lot of the customers came in and for the most part they were actually really satisfied, with the exception of not having enough of some door buster items we had. But I think everyone had a great time, employees had a great time, and the customer had a great experience."

When it comes to a Christmas wish list, almost all vary. There were some items that seemed to be in more demand than others.

"Well yesterday we had a big uptick in lap top computers and televisions. Those were our primary big movers yesterday," said Lander

And some items will continue to move. Just because Black Friday is done and over with, doesn't mean people will stop their Christmas shopping. Hall said the employees of Belk will be prepared all holiday season.

"Well we're just trying to snap back from yesterday and make sure that we have plenty of merchandise, especially advertised merchandise, and just make sure that we are executing and giving great customer service between now and Christmas," said Hall.

Hall and Landor both said they did see more customers. They said those customers were all about value.

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