Black Friday brings bargains and crowds

Black Friday kicks off the surge of shopping in the run up to Christmas and has been putting U.S. shoppers in a post-Thanksgiving frenzy for many years. Increasingly, some stores in other countries, including the U.K., have adopted this popular shopping day, and we can even take advantage of Black Friday price cuts at several businesses here in Cayman.

Savvy folk looking for some serious bargains are going to have to be prepared to get up pretty early in the morning, wear comfortable shoes, and not have any issue with crowds. Participating shops will offer deals throughout the day, so even if shoppers can’t make the first wave, they shouldn’t lose hope of snapping up some well-discounted items.

Some of the local purveyors that have signed up for Black Friday fun are Priced Right, Flow, Diamonds International, Number One Shoe Shop and Cost-U-Less, and the number seems to increase each year.

Cost-U-Less has been participating in the Black Friday craze for four years, with increasing popularity.

For Black Friday 2015, the 45,000-square-foot store will open its doors at 5 a.m. on Nov. 27 and won’t close them until 10 p.m.

Priced Right will also be opening its Airport Center and Republix Plaza locations at 5 a.m.

“We are excited to once again bring the Black Friday tradition to the Cayman Islands,” said Cost-U-Less General Manager Guy Strickland.

Last year’s Black Friday event at Cost-U-Less was extremely popular, with some customers lining up at midnight to prepare for the store’s opening the next day.

Although there have been instances of bargain hunters being reduced to fisticuffs in some U.S. shops on Black Friday, there haven’t been any serious incidents yet reported in Cayman.

The bigger stores, such as Priced Right and Cost-U-Less, are prepared for large crowds, but obviously shoppers should plan for line-ups at the checkout counters at peak times.

“We ask our customers to be patient, show restraint and respect each other and help us make the Black Friday tradition a safe and fun experience for everyone,” Strickland said.

Savvy folk looking for some serious bargains are going to have to be prepared to get up pretty early in the morning, wear comfortable shoes, and not have any issue with crowds.

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