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And in Nevada ... crowds of shoppers converge on stores

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Fresh from a day indoors with turkey, dressing and football games, Thanksgiving celebrants were ready to get out and see the Black Friday promotions around Nevada.

The start of the Christmas season saw goodly numbers of shoppers at Hertzberg Furniture, Rinehart Jewelry, Sutherlands and Walmart, among other businesses observing the annual event, merchants said.

"We sold out of the sofa love seats we had in promotion, but we still have mattress sets left," said Karen Hertzberg early Friday afternoon. "We have had good traffic and sales."

Reporting strong interest in kitchen utensils and other practical gifts, stocking stuffers and home decorations, she said the store "was quiet for the first hour and a half Friday morning.

"The traffic started at mid-morning and we were busy by lunchtime," Hertzberg said. "We've been pleased with the people coming in and hopefully it will continue Saturday.

"A lot of people had been to other local businesses, so they're definitely out shopping and taking advantage of the variety of promotions around town. Family members of Nevada locals, home for the holidays, are getting out of the house and walking off the turkey."

Rinehart Jewelry co-owner Sonny Butler said his Black Friday traffic had been comparable to the most successful of his business's 60-year history last year, when Rinehart's was still at 205 W. Cherry St. "We've been busy pretty much all day," Butler said, noting that the store has been at its new location at 120 S. Cedar since Aug. 20.

"It's working about the same as last year, when it worked better than it ever had because we put more effort into it. Black Friday has never been a big jewelry day. They sell a lot of children's toys, video games, TVs and electronics, but we have been seeing a lot of new people anyway.

"We have expanded our inventory and will sell a little bit of everything. This location is one of the best, between the two busiest intersections in Nevada."

Rinehart's is in the former office building of the late Dr. B.N. Mendenhall.

Sutherlands Manager Courtney Black said his store's traffic had been "not real busy but steady.

"We're selling a little bit of everything, mainly lumber, paint, lighting and plumbing fixtures," said Black, noting that Sutherlands will sell more tools for Christmas presents as the number of shopping days before the holiday dwindles.

Mike McCulloch, an assistant manager in the Walmart Supercenter's grocery department, reported lively participation in the store's Thursday night and Friday morning sales. "We have been busy overnight and today," McCulloch said.

"A lot of people are restocking with staples after having company over for turkey and dressing."

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