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Belk plans 8 p.m. Thanksgiving opening

BY Dan Berthiaume

Charlotte, N.C. — Belk stores will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. From 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 through 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, stores will offer more than 350 early bird specials while quantities last The promotion will feature hundreds of special deals in every department.

The first 250 customers at each store at the 8 p.m. opening on Thanksgiving will receive a free Belk gift card with a value ranging from $5 to $1,000, and with a guaranteed $1,000 gift card winner in each of the company’s 301 stores.

"Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around good food, family and friends," said Jon Pollack, Belk, Inc. executive VP, sales promotion, marketing and e-commerce. "Over the years that tradition has evolved into one that includes shopping and other activities that families enjoy together outside of the home. It’s in response to that trend that we open our doors to customers at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night for their shopping convenience. The Belk After-Thanksgiving Sale is our biggest, most exciting event of the season and an opportunity for customers to purchase their favorite brands and gift items at incredible savings."
Other retailers planning to open stores at some point on Thanksgiving include Kmart, Sears, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Toys “R” Us, J.C. Penney, and Best Buy.

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Natural Grocers opens Idaho Falls store Nov. 12

BY Dan Berthiaume

Lakewood, Colo. — Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage is opening its second store in Idaho, which will be located in Idaho Falls. The store opens for business on Nov. 12.

"We invite the Idaho Falls community to come in see what we’re about," said Kemper Isely, Natural Grocers co-president. "While they are here, shoppers can also take part in a free nutritional education seminar- or pick up some practical ideas for healthy eating during one of our free cooking demonstrations."

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Hammer & Nails, Los Angeles

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Hammer & Nails — The Nail Shop for Guys has opened its debut location in Los Angeles, on Melrose Avenue. The new concept offers men a handsome, more customized—and more comfortable— alternative to female-centric nail salons.

“Men have very different grooming needs than women and should be treated accordingly,” said founder Michael Elliot. “We decided to open our flagship store in Los Angeles, with all its diversity, culture, fashion and forward-thinkers. Our goal is to provide a Hammer & Nails experience to men across the nation in the near future.”

Designed as the ultimate bat cave experience, Hammer & Nails offers custom-designed hand and foot manicures and treatments amid a background that includes personal flat-screen TVs and headphones, premium sports channels, and complimentary beverages. Decorative accents include oversized leather chairs, the front-end of a classic Chevy pickup truck and a leather punching bag and gloves from the 1940’s.


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