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Black Friday proves successful in Fort Scott

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Goody's Manager Melinda Collins stands in front of some popular outdoor items at the Fort Scott store. The outlet saw a lot of traffic Thursday night and Friday morning -- the start of the holiday shopping season.(Ruth Campbell/Herald-Tribune)
On its first Black Thursday/Friday, so to speak, Goody's clothing store in Fort Scott exceeded expected sales and other outlets in town also fared well.

This was the first time Goody's had opened to shoppers on Thanksgiving night.

"It was awesome," Manager Melinda Collins said. "We totally exceeded our sales plan."

Casey Crum, manager of Tractor Supply in Fort Scott, poses with some gun safes at the front of the store. Safes were among the hot selling items on Black Friday.
(Ruth Campbell/Herald-Tribune)
Collins said people were lined up outside to get a chance at the offered bargains.

"I know I had 50 coupons to give out and there were several people after we opened at 6 a.m. this morning (Friday), too," Collins said.

"We had over 300 door busters that started last night (Thursday) and sold out of several items last night," Collins added. Android tablets were very popular, as were kids' toys, men's gifts and women's boots.

Noel Connet, manager of Radio Shack in Fort Scott, poses at the front counter. The store sold many electronic items on Black Friday.
(Ruth Campbell/Herald-Tribune)
"I'm a little sleepy," Collins said Friday morning, "but it's worth it. It's very well worth it."

Kelly Gander of Fort Scott won a $100 gift card and was perusing Goody's Friday morning. She began shopping at 5:30 a.m. Friday.

"I was excited. I never win (anything," Gander said of being awarded the gift card. She added the card would help her with her Christmas shopping. "I come here a lot. It was pretty awesome."

Next door at Tractor Supply, Manager Casey Crum said the store opened at 6 a.m. -- with consumers waiting. "When they start lining up, we bring them (coffee, cookies and doughnuts) out to keep them warm and full," he said.

Tractor Supply's popular items were gun safes, radios, air compressors, insulated footwear and insulated clothing.

Many welding units and hoods and dog houses were also being purchased, Crum said, adding sales were on track and the outlet had people waiting to get in.

Downtown, Radio Shack, which also opened at 6 a.m., had about 20 people waiting to get in, owner Tim McKenney said. Popular items were memory flash drives and SD cards. "We've about sold out of our tablets this morning and headphones. We've sold a lot of headphones," McKenney said.

In years past, McKenney said Radio Shack would offer price breaks from 6 a.m.-noon. This year, the good buys were extended "considerably longer," he said.

On a few items, though, you're limited in quantity, McKenney said.

Kindles are always very popular, he said. "We've sold out of them. The pricing was not reduced, but (customers) got some Radio Shack coupons."

Business, he said, was on a sales pace at least equal to last year. With all the various events throughout the year, McKenney said this is still the biggest quarter of the year. "But the after-Christmas sales and into January are really good, so sometimes the bargains are just as good or better after Christmas," he said.

Even places featuring big-ticket items, like cars, were conducting Black Friday sales. Shepherd Team Auto Plaza General Manager Tom Owens said deals will extend through today and will likely continue into this coming week. Offerings include zero-percent interest and a full tank of gas with every purchase. Some manufacturers are also allowing customers to make their first payment 90 days after buying a car.

Instead of single purchasers, Owens said families come through on Black Friday, conducted by Shepherd for the past four or five years, to make a decision on a vehicle together.

"It's really kind of nice, because a lot of times the purchase of a vehicle is a family affair," Owens said. "... That's generally what we see more of. I've got two or three families" driving right now.

Farmers are also finding time to view trucks.

"We've had quite a few trucks," leaving the lot, Owens said.

Gas conscious consumers are eyeing vehicles like a Prius, Corolla and Ford Focus, he said.

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