Thousands of Georgians wrapped up their Thanksgiving meal and then hit the stores as Black Friday bled into Thursday evening this year. Shoppers lined up well before 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Berry Square Mall in Rome for deals on footwear, more than two hours before retailers opened their doors.
Large scale department stores aren’t the only retailers benefiting from the black Friday rush. Small boutiques across the state are also seeing more customers although with mixed results. Many are window shopping, but some are spending money in local stores.
National reports show, this year's Black Friday could usher in a holiday shopping season slightly improved from last year. Whether Georgia businesses see an uptick in sales, though, will depend on customers. Across the state, several "buy local" campaigns are urging residents to buy their gifts from local businesses to triple the economic impact.
Georgia back-to-school shoppers won't get any sales tax relief this year, but that's not stopping retailers from trying to entice them with ways to part with their cash. Without some kind of incentive to buy, retailers fear a dip in back-to-school sales. Some retailers are having the holiday anyway and paying the taxes themselves.