Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Veterans Memorial Park is the Richfield destination for Christmas trees.
As we speak, crews are in the process of transforming the Veterans Memorial Park picnic shelter into a Christmas tree haven for its official opening Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. Clearwater, MN-based B&J Evergreen, in partnership with the city, is running the lot again this year and boasts trees of everykind, and at every price point. "[I would say] we have trees starting at $10 [for the smaller trees] and going all the way up to around $100 [or $200] for the 16- or 18-footers," Brad Johnson, co-owner of B&J Evergreen, told Richfield Patch. Brad Johnson's son and company co-owner, Trent Johnson, said the cost for average trees, after taxes, are $26, $33 and $40. In addition to "just selling trees," Trent Johnson said they brought back horse…
Monday, November 21, 2011
Don’t let the hype of ‘official’ shopping days send common sense out the window.
Minnesota consumer advocates and state officials have two words for shoppers who can’t wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Be careful. “For people trying to find holiday deals, Black Friday and Cyber Monday hold a lot of allure,” says Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota. “What we’re aiming to do is remind people to think ahead, make a budget, be aware of store policies—particularly return policies—and not get so focused on potential bargains [that] they fall victim to scams or fraudulent websites.” Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally known as the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season. The term Cyber Monday was coined in 2005 after online …
Friday, November 4, 2011
The Richfield-based company announces it will open its doors at midnight Black Friday.
For the first time ever, Richfield Best Buy and stores nationwide will open their doors to shoppers at midnight Nov. 25, Black Friday. The company announced the big news Friday morning and will join other area retailers including Target, Macy's, Kohls and more than 70 Mall of America stores in opening at midnight.
Monday, November 29, 2010
RHS, Holy Angels girls hockey teams lose, Best Buy announces new consumer insights system and Thanksgiving kicks-off holiday shopping season. All this and whatever else you may have missed from the week that was.
Bad weather continued to create nasty road conditions in Richfield and statewide. Richfield Public Works had trucks working to make clear the roads and make them as safe as possible. Richfield crime reports were released but the Richfield Public Safety Department and detailed the incidents that occurred from Nov. 18-21. Possession of marijuana and thefts from cars were among the incidents reported. Richfield Patch answered the question: What's in a Turkey? Richfield-based Best Buy announced the implementation of a new consumer insights system. Employees enter customer feedback and insights into an intranet system everyday. Best Buy can view and analyze the information in real-time and if necessary, changes can be made in the stores in a …
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Richfield Patch's Caitlin Burgess joins the Black Friday shopping extravaganza.
For eight years I worked retail and for eight, exceptionally long years I had the privilege of working Black Friday. If you didn't sense any sarcasm just now, you should have. Black Friday, and the holiday shopping season in general, is an absolute nightmare for retailers. Seasonal employees must be hired, merchandise overflows from backrooms, the days start earlier and end much later and customers aren't happy until they talk you down to $50 for a $200-pair of leather boots. Although working Black Friday was an emotional test for me, I always found it exciting. The halls were decked, mistletoe hung and wrapping paper was fully stocked. People looked so happy and so ready to give. However, I never understood how, after heaping piles of …
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Major retailers are offering a variety of deals to get you in the doors and your holiday shopping started.
The term "Black Friday" was coined by someone in the retail world years ago to describe the shopping frenzy and surge in retailer profits the day after Thanksgiving. Many line up hours before stores open so they can snatch up the early bird specials once the doors open. The following is a guide to the shopping deals the major retailers are featuring in and near town this Friday: Richfield Best Buy Hours: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Sales: For more information or questions, call 612-861-3917 or go to bestbuy.com. Richfield Target Hours: 4 a.m.-11 p.m. Sales: For more information or questions, call 612-252-0473 or go to target.com. Richfied Home Depot Hours: 5 a.m.-9 p.m. Sales: Special Black Friday deals will be announced when the store opens on Friday…