The Norman Transcript


November 19, 2013

Black Friday starts Thursday



While Sam’s Club, 3400 W. Main, is closed on Thanksgiving Day, the store is hosting a holiday sampling event through Wednesday before the holiday.

A few small grocers will also be closed on the holiday including Natural Grocers, 1918 W. Main St., and Dodsons Health Foods and Vitamins, 1305 36th Avenue NW.

“We’re closed for Thanksgiving so people can spend time with their families,” said Angela Lock, manager at Dodson’s. “That enables, on that particular day, about 10 employees to be with family instead of working.”

Dodson’s is closed on Sundays year round.

“We’re closed on Sundays to give people time to spend time with families and in church,” Lock said. “The most important thing for us, is to be closed on Sundays to enable people to go to church and fellowship.”

Many small, local businesses will be closed on Thanksgiving, but most Norman retailers will reopen on Friday to participate in Black Friday sales and Small Business Saturday sales. Many are also offering some sort of bargains for Cyber Monday to compete with online retailers and keep shopping local.

“To combat Cyber Monday and encourage people to support local businesses, we will have 25 percent off any gift items in the store on Monday following Thanksgiving,” said Thompson Pool and Patio owner Mike Thompson.

Thompson Pool and Patio, 1400 24th Ave. SW, will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday to allow time for families. The store is always closed on Sunday.

“Our families do demand we spend one day a month with them,” Thompson said. “At national meetings we get asked about that. But around here, people understand that.”

They also understand closing for OU home football games if there’s an early kick-off, he said.

Thompson doesn’t feel like closing on Sundays and holidays has hurt business.

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