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Wednesday, November 21, 2012 1:35 PM

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DELPHOS — With Black Friday looming, retailers are readying themselves for some of the busiest days of the year.
On Thanksgiving Day, ALCO Store Manager Alice Gilroy anticipates a mad rush of customers at 8 a.m. and an influx of customers throughout the rest of the day until closing at 6 p.m.

The store has prepared for the holiday by promoting special holiday deals throughout the week.

Gilroy is excited to announce the re-vamping of the store’s Toy Department, which will carry a larger assortment of brand named items.
In the Electronics Department, they have the hottest gift items on everybody’s wish list including the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, a huge assortment of 19-55” plasma and LCD flat screen televisions and all the accessories needed to complete or compliment the purchase. Gilroy is also anticipating carrying the Wii U console, which should be available later this week.


Logistically, the store is set up so that customer’s will find ad items on sidestacks, shelving that faces the main aisles, to make shopping much more convenient.

“We have all kinds of gift sets; food, bath, cologne and make up,” Gilroy mused. “We even have Homedics products to help after the holidays!”
Although the store opens at 5 a.m. on Black Friday, Gilroy anticipates a rush of customers around 9 a.m.

Santa will visit the store from 1-4 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday.

ALCO stores maintains a strong online presence and the impact of holiday sales on the store’s bottom line will be determined after the holidays.
On Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Delphos ACE Hardware will add a new twist to their Black Friday sales with demonstrations on grilling to promote gas grill sales.

Manager Jeff Fritz described the preparations the store has undertaken to ready themselves for the holiday rush. Along with Christmas related items such as indoor and outdoor electrical cords and lights, artificial wreaths and garlands, they have some of the hottest gift items customer’s are looking for.

“In our Houseware’s Department, we have Yo Nana Smoothie Makers, 18 Quart Hamilton Beach slow Cookers and cocktail glasses,” owner Ed

Fritz detailed the most sought items. “We also have specials on Carhartt Outerwear and accessories.”

Santa will stop by the store during the second week of December.

Westrich Furniture & Appliance is changing up its strategy for Black Friday sales. Marketing and Advertising Manager Chad Rode described the holiday event as a promotion of appliances with an unprecedented early store opening at 7 a.m. and shopping through the day until 8 p.m.

“This type of promotion is a first for this store,” Rode explained. “We are also holding a drawing for a free Samsung tablet.”

Jim Mesker, manager of appliance and a 60-year veteran employee of the store, spoke of the Black Friday sales.

”We have deals the hot and trendy stainless steel Fridgidaire French door refrigerator,” Mesker, explained with excitement. “We’ll also have free doughnuts and coffee for everyone.”

Last Updated on Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:47 AM

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