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Island retailers gear-up for Black Friday

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - As the Thanksgiving festivities settle down today, island retailers gear up for one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Black Friday unofficially kicks off the start of the holiday shopping season and for many retailers it's a time to celebrate by rolling out the biggest discounts, steals and deals.

Macy's store manager Ryan Torres says department stores will be opening at midnight to accommodate those wanting to take advantage of several sale items on great gift ideas. "People are excited about this holiday season," he said. "They're excited about the gifts we have to offer and there's a lot of great savings throughout the store."

DNA Evolution administrative assistant Karen Ejan says all hands are on deck to accommodate two of its Black Friday shifts - one from 6am to 10am with another from 8pm to closing at 11pm. She shared, "We have lots of new ‘Hafa Adai' shirt that tourists are going crazy over and they make great stocking stuffers and for off-island, because those are the things that sell at our online store."

Chief economist for the Guam Department of Labor Gary Hiles tells KUAM News holiday sales will be good this year but it might be hard to beat last year's all-time peak due to the windfall distribution of millions of tax refunds this time last year. "I think it will be good for two reasons," he projected. "One is that the tourism market which comprises of about 25 percent of total sales is for the September numbers is up about 12.9 percent from last year and the other component of retail sales is the local market and that comprises of 50 percent of total retail sales."

This bodes well for Ejan, who says people are now looking forward to DNA's Black Friday sales, which will have freshly-brewed coffee from Southseas Coffee for customers featuring discounts not only at all its sister stores, but separate salesroom with everything 15% off. "Because everything is new and last year was the very first time we did Black Friday and we had such a great response and such a great reception," she added.

Torres meanwhile says he's confident sales can beat last year's as customers are already asking what's in store for Black Friday. Macy's will even be testing out a new technology of a mobile point of sales system to help ring up customers faster. He said, "Well come early for sure, please expect long lines throughout both stores because of the excitement of having to rush and find the items that you're wanting to buy for that perfect gift."

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