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Toys ‘R’ Us sets Black Friday weekend deals

BY Marianne Wilson

Wayne, N.J. — Toys “R” Us will open its stores at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, offering more than 300 doorbuster values, while supplies last, from four-hour deals and Thursday-through-Saturday discounts on hot toys, games and tablets, to gift with purchase offers. New this holiday season, Toys "R" Us will provide its Rewards “R” Us members the exclusive opportunity to take advantage of select Thanksgiving Weekend deals and discounts on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

The 28-page Toys "R" Us circular is set to arrive in newspapers across the country beginning Wednesday, but will be available for preview on Sunday, Nov. 24 on the company’s Facebook page.

Plus, for the first time ever, customers can shop the majority of the Toys "R" Us Thanksgiving Weekend deals starting at 12:01am on Thursday at the retailer’s web site. Additionally, shoppers who spend $75 or more at any Toys "R" Us or Babies "R" Us store nationwide between Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 will receive a $10 coupon redeemable in-store or online Sunday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 7.


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Target to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Target Corp. has joined the growing ranks of retailers who will open earlier on Thanksgiving this year. The company said it is making the change in response to competitive pressure and demand from shoppers.

Target stores will open on 8 p.m. on the holiday, an hour earlier than last year. Stores will remain open throughout the night and close at 11 p.m. on the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29.

Kathee Tesija, executive VP of merchandising at Target, told The Associated Press that she felt the 8 p.m. time was just right, based on the competitive landscape, and the sentiment among shoppers and its own store staff.

Target will also be offering hundreds of deals online on Thanksgiving morning that will include almost all deals that will be available in the store. In addition, the discounter said it will be feature 15 online-only daily discounts for two weeks beginning Sunday, Nov. 24.


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ICSC survey says consumers will start holiday shopping early

BY CSA STAFF

Procrastinating is out this year when it comes to holiday shopping, with 62% of consumers surveyed planning to finish their gift buying on or before Dec. 16, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

As in most years, the top shopping day of the year is expected to be Black Friday. However, Cyber Monday will follow close behind across most demographic groups, overtaking Super Saturday as the second busiest holiday shopping day of the year.

The hottest gift category this year is expected to be toys and games followed closely by consumer electronics. Gifts receiving the most specific mentions include smart phones, tablets, game consoles, digital cameras and televisions.

Other key findings include:

  • 37% of women list "seasonal discounts" as their top motivating factor while only 20% cite "gift practicality." Men were more evenly divided between "seasonal discounts" (30%) and "gift practicality" (27%) as the driving factor influencing their holiday shopping.
  • Men are more likely to shop for consumer electronics this year while women intend to buy games and toys.
  • Respondents aged 18-34 are significantly more likely to shop for consumer electronics this holiday season than any other age group surveyed.
  • Approximately one-third of respondents from households with a combined annual income of $100,000 or more are expected to shop on Cyber Monday versus Black Friday. The opposite is true for respondents from households with a combined annual income of less than $35,000.
  • Respondents from lower income households are more driven to find the perfect gift for their loved ones this year, with 40% of respondents in the $35,000-and-under income category saying that "finding the perfect gift" is the factor most likely to influence their holiday shopping.

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