WINNIPEG – Retailers are bringing Black Friday to Winnipeg, with many malls and other stores planning early openings on the traditional U.S. start to the holiday shopping season.
The Friday following U.S. Thanksgiving has long been a huge day for shopping south of the border and many Canadians head south to find deals.
In recent years, Canadian retailers have started to offer their own sales on Black Friday to try to convince shoppers to do their pre-Christmas shopping at home.
And this year, Winnipeg retailers are jumping on the bandwagon.
“This is the first time Black Friday is really hitting Winnipeg,” said Cory Quintaine, marketing director at Kildonan Place, which is opening at 7 a.m. for the occasion.
Stores at Polo Park mall are also opening at 7 a.m., with the malls opening their doors at 6 a.m., and St. Vital Shopping Centre stores will open at 8 a.m., with mall doors open at 7:30 a.m.
Black Friday sales start as early as midnight, with Walmart posting its prices at that time and The Brick staging a special midnight opening.
Future Shop and Best Buy are opening at 6 a.m. and Target will open at 7 a.m.
There are also Black Friday special promotions in Selkirk, Steinbach, Brandon and Dauphin, Man.
“After years of seeing Manitobans heading south of the border, businesses in this province are making it more enticing to shop at home,” Manitoba Chambers of Commerce president and CEO Chuck Davidson said in a news release.