Monday, November 26, 2012
Minnesota nonprofits trying to encourage people to pause in their shopping and find a way to help others.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Anna Varela
Monday, November 26, 2012
Will donating to charity ever be as popular as shopping during the holiday season? A partnership of nonprofits hopes so. For many people, the holiday shopping marathon began on Thanksgiving day, with some national chains opening their doors just hours after the traditional turkey dinner. Then comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, which has morphed into Cyber Week. Now, there's a new national campaign asking you to open your wallet—Giving Tuesday. The Giving Tuesday website says the effort, coming on the heels of days devoted to consumerism, is designed "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Getting your shopping list ready? Here's a look at some of the store hours in the Mendota Heights and Inver Grove Heights area and nearby shopping centers for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 and Black Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.
It’s the Super Bowl of shopping, the Oscars for retailers. It’s Black Friday! Black Friday hype increases every year, and this year, retailers are upping their game by opening earlier than ever. While Black Friday has traditionally begun the day after Thanksgiving, Wal-Mart was the first to announce they would be opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22 to accommodate those shoppers looking for both great deals and a social experience. Now Target and Kmart have followed suit, opening Black Friday sales earlier than they ever have before. Black Friday deals are reportedly heavy with technology favorites but top toys are also topping the lists. Take a look at when the major big box retailers around Mendota Heights and Inver …
Monday, November 19, 2012
"Target can keep repeating the line about customers wanting to shop on Thanksgiving all it wants ... Thanksgiving should be about family, not shopping," Casey St. Clair told the retailer.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our newsletter Target employee Casey St. Clair hand-delivered more than 350,000 signatures from her Change.org petition this afternoon to the company’s corporate headquarters in Minneapolis. According to a prepared statement from Change.org, the gesture was designed to ask Target to reverse its decision to open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. St. Clair, along with several local Target customers and community faith leaders, carried boxes of petition signatures to the office of Target President & CEO Gregg Steinhafel. Target Vice President of Human Resources Tim Curoe offered this statement in response: “The enormity of asking some of our store teams to work on Thanksgiving night is …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Despite the competitive business spirit being culminated by the huge retailers, it would appear Target employees are not as enthusiastic about the decision.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our newsletter Target corporate offices confirmed today that the nationwide retailer will open its doors for Black Friday at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, according to a prepared statement from Target Corporation. The decision comes in the wake of last week's announcement by Walmart to open its doors nationwide at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Despite the competitive business spirit being culminated by the monolithic retailers, it would appear Target employees are not quite as enthusiastic about the decision. More than 162,000 people—as of 1:30 p.m. on Monday—have signed a petition on Change.org started by California-based Target employee Casey St. Clair calling on Target to “save …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Don’t let the hype of ‘official’ shopping days send common sense out the window.
Minnesota consumer advocates and state officials have two words for shoppers who can’t wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Be careful. “For people trying to find holiday deals, Black Friday and Cyber Monday hold a lot of allure,” says Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota. “What we’re aiming to do is remind people to think ahead, make a budget, be aware of store policies—particularly return policies—and not get so focused on potential bargains [that] they fall victim to scams or fraudulent websites.” Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally known as the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season. The term Cyber Monday was coined in 2005 after online …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Shopping centers in northern Dakota County are preparing for Black Friday. Here's a list of retailers and when their doors will open for the big shopping day.
Your stomach has recovered from your Thanksgiving Day feast and you're ready to shop. Plan your Black Friday shopping schedule with our guide to store hours for some major retailers in the area. Barnes & Noble: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 14880 Florence Trl. Bed Bath & Beyond: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. 14910 Florence Trl. Best Buy: Midnight to 10 p.m. 15300 Cedar Ave. Burlington Coat Factory: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. 7575 153rd St. W. Home Depot: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. 15101 Flagstaff Ave. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7614 150th St. W. Kohl's: Midnight to midnight 14926 Florence Trl. Menards: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 14960 Florence Trl. Michaels: 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 14890 Florence Trl. Office Max: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7361 153rd St. W. South Super Target (Pilot …