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Response to Black Friday in Central Washington

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YAKIMA, Wash. -

Black Friday... We're all familiar with it... The lines, the crowds, the tradition...

"I think black Friday is very important to some organizations... The ones that may not be opening for it.. It may not be important to their bottom line." says Yakima chamber of commerce vice president Thane Phalen. "As Far as marketing goes, it may be the right thing for them to kind of show that they are thinking thanksgiving is a family holiday, so it may be better marketing for them to not be open that day..."

But in one of the biggest shopping days of the year, outdoor retailer REI has decided to stay closed... With a location in Kennewick, this could mean a trickle down for businesses in the Yakima valley. The publicity may push shoppers to other similar retailers like Cabelas. Marketing coordinator Curtis Frisbee sees this as an opportunity for his store to thrive from the possibility if new business

"For being a small market, we generally have an amazing turnout for black Friday events and with other stores closing i could imagine it being even better with outdoor related industry stores."

But many small businesses in the area see black Friday as a normal shopping day... At off the record in Yakima, employees see the value that companies like REI have put into giving black off black Friday to employees. For off the record sales associate holly Dixon-Almond, the experience of working in a large retail environment is something she has experienced. Now working with a family owned business, she states the importance of the work day, but values that the day after thanksgiving isn't just about sales. "It's really just a normal business day for us that we have a sale on...Black Friday isn't really a big deal for us. We're a family oriented business so we just want to look out for the employees and make sure they're with their families on thanksgiving."

The actions of one retail giant may have some effect, but as long as there is demand black Friday will be a normal part of thanksgiving.

REI, Staples and Game Stop will be closed on black Friday. Other retail giants like best buy, target and Walmart to name a few, will remain open. some stores will open as early as 6pm on Thanksgiving.

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