The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 1, 2013

Promise of bargains lured shoppers

JOHNSTOWN — We know plenty of people were seeing red over the thought of stores opening on Thanksgiving to give consumers an even earlier start to the shopping season.

But there were more than a few seeing green as well.

The chance to get a great deal lured a slew of shoppers to area stores on Thursday evening. Long lines at stores at Richland Town Centre and The Galleria in Richland Township provided ample evidence that the holiday hours didn’t upset everyone.

Even those who didn’t like the thought of store employees being forced to work on the holiday ended up being won over by the chance for a big bargain.

Nicole Gindlesperger of Johnstown told our Justin Dennis that she went to the Best Buy in Richland Town Centre for just that reason.

“At first, I was like, ‘I’m not going to go out because people should be with their families,’ ” she said. “But then, you’re like, ‘You can’t pass up those deals, especially if (your kids) want it.’ ”

Many shoppers reasoned that the evening openings meant that family time could be spent around a Thanksgiving lunch. And what happened after the meal wasn’t nearly as exciting as what was going on at the stores.

“Dishes can wait,” Rose Anne Kelly of Johnstown told Dennis.

So while we saw plenty of campaigns asking shoppers to boycott stores that opened on the holiday, we’re not convinced that it’s going to work. If Thursday night was any indication, the people have spoken – with their wallets.

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