Locals pack malls looking for Black Friday deals

RECENT FINANCIAL MARKET UNCERTAINTY does not seem to have slowed down the pace of retail activity along Quaker Lane in Warwick.
Posted 11/25/11

PROVIDENCE – Whether for the thrill of a bargain, the need to stretch a holiday budget or an excuse to get out of the house, shoppers like Linda Tanso of Gardner, Mass., kicked the holiday shopping season off early at Rhode Island stores Friday.

“I have been out since midnight and I’m a little delirious,” Tanso, 53, said at 9 a.m. emerging from Best Buy on Route 2 in Warwick on her way to Savers next door.

At Best Buy Tanso had bought some DVDs on sale, but even after visiting seven stores since midnight, estimated she had only spent about $80 for the day.

“It’s mostly for the deals,” Tanso said. “It gives me an excuse to go shopping.”

At 9:30 a.m., traffic was already backing up at some intersections along the Route 2 shopping corridor and parking lots at many of the big box retailers were jammed.

“I drove by here last night and the line was so long I went home,” said Mike Jones, 44, of Providence, who returned Friday morning to buy a television.

Heading in to the Christmas shopping season, most retail analysts nationally and locally were expecting holiday sales to end up similar to last year and said many retailers would be happy not to see sales fall in the weak economy.

In downtown Providence, where the streets were comparatively quiet compared to the malls, stores like Craftland on Westminster Street brought in extra help and were seeing steady business despite not offering any “doorbusters.”

“Last week was pretty good and today there are a lot of people around,” said Manager Devienna Anggraini. “At quarter of [10 a.m.] there were people outside the door, so we opened early.”

PBN Hosted

Join PBN for the best networking event and party of the winter - January 15, 2015 - the Book of Lists Party at the Providence Public Library. Reserve your spot by December 31st and get a holiday gift from PBN!
  • Best Places to Work
    Enrollment is now open for the 7th annual Best Places to Work program. Winners w ...
  • Manufacturing Awards
    Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd Annual Manufacturing Awards. Dea ...
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
    Latest News