Friday, November 23, 2012
Photos from Friday's Black Friday midnight openings.
Hundreds of area residents lined up outside department stores for hours to get ahead of the pack and take advantage of Black Friday discounts. Djali Yohann-Silva and her husband hoped to save $500 on two televisions at Wal Mart. They had been outside the store since noon to take advantage of the midnight opening.
Framingham lost, Patriots won, lots of people shopping today and teens will rock out the Arts Center tonight all featured in today's column.
Our daily column, 5 Things You Need to Know Today, will help you to get your day started and offer you some fodder for water cooler conversation. 1. Today is Black Friday, considered one of the biggest shopping days of the year. There were lines forming at Best Buy and Toys R Us Thanksgiving Day as early as 8 p.m. Stores didn't open until 1 a.m. today. 2. If you are shopping at Wal-Mart today you may see some protestors. Employees and non employees may be gathering to protest against low wages, unsafe working conditions and Wal-Mart's attempts to slice workers' voices on the job. 3. Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. Patch will post a list, compiled by our readers, of what small business are the best in Framingham. 4. There is a Teen …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
How will your finances affect your holiday spending?
Two-thirds of respondents to a recent poll by the NPD Group said they “plan to spend about the same” as last year, while 10 percent planned to “spend more.” With the economy and job situation still in flux for many families, we want to know what families in Framingham and MetroWest plan to do for Christmas, Hanukah or Kwanzaa gifts in 2012. Will you be more creative with your gifting? Use sites like Groupon, Living Social, etc? Brave Black Friday sales? Do you plan to shop locally? online? Do you plan to shop the big chains or small businesses in town?
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Workers began taking action at warehouses and retail stories nationwide in October, speaking out against low wages, unsafe working conditions and Wal-mart's attempts to slice workers' voices on the job.
Large groups of labor and community workers are preparing to hold a Black Friday protest at several Wal-mart locations across the Cmmonwealth Friday, including the Framingham branch of the store, according to an announcement from Jobs with Justice. Protestors are expected at Wal-Mart in Framingham at 12:01 a.m. on Black Friday according to the announcement. This protest is expected to include a light display at a nearby overpass/intersection . Friday's action comes just a month after delegations of concerned customers spread to locations across Massachusetts to demand an end to the store's retaliation against its employees, according to Jobs with Justice. Workers began taking action at warehouses and retail stories nationwide in October…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Demanding better pay and benefits, a group called OUR Walmart group, comprised of current and former Walmart employees, are mounting 1,000 protests online and outside stores up to and including Black Friday, reported MSN.com.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Wal-Mart asked the National Labor Relations Board to halt any protests by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union tryng to disrupt its business this Black Friday week. "We are taking this action now because we cannot allow the UFCW to continue to intentionally seek to create an environment that could directly and adversely impact our customers and associates," said Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar told Reuters. "If they do, they will be held accountable." The union is undeterred. "Walmart is grasping at straws," said Union Communications Director Jill Cashen to Reuters. "There's nothing in the law that gives an employer the right to silence workers and citizens." Protests, rallies and even flash mobs have been staged at …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The retail giant has already released its Black Friday sale circular online.
Shoppers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island will have to wait until after Thanksgiving to take advantage of Black Friday sales at retail giant Wal-mart. While Wal-mart locations across the rest of the country will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Massachusetts' Blue Laws prohibit the store to open that early in those two states. Instead, Wal-mart will open at 1 a.m., which is also the time many other retailers, including Target, plan to open for business on Black Friday. Shoppers don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to find out about the Black Friday sales at Wal-mart. The company already has released its circular for the sale. For more ads, check out this site called Black Friday Ads. The sales for a number of retailers are already on …
Friday, November 25, 2011
At 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Dolly Velez of Natick and Linda Kinney of Framingham camped outside Wal-Mart to be the first shoppers through the door at 4 a.m. on Black Friday.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- On Boston.com
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Among the quick agenda items this week were extended Black Friday hours for Toys "R" Us, Target and Wal-Mart.
Despite the absence of Chair Jason Smith, the Board of Selectmen breezed through their agenda items at Tuesday’s meeting. Here are eight things you may have missed: 1) Toys "R" Us, Target, and Wal-Mart were all granted waivers to open for extended Black Friday hours. Requests were unanimously approved for Toys "R" Us and Target to open at 1 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. Wal-Mart will open at 4 a.m. on Nov. 25. All three stores will have police or private security details during extended Black Friday hours. Approval was also granted for Toys "R" Us to be open 24 hours a day from Dec. 20 to Dec. 24. 2) Selectmen revisited the Nobscot Chapel issue after receiving new information about the chapel’s historical status. Selectman Laurie Lee reported …
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Some MetroWest shoppers postponed
Black Friday and enjoyed shopping on Saturday at Shoppers World.
Who is willing to get up in the middle of the night to save 50 percent to 75 percent off their "must have" items for Christmas? According to dozens of shoppers at Shoppers World on Saturday, the day after Black Friday, most were willing to postpone their shopping one day instead of waiting for hours in long lines for a chance to snag those coveted gifts. "Hell no, I didn't go. Would you?" was the typical rhetorical answer in the parking lots and sidewalks at Shoppers World, where select bargains from 25 percent to 70 percent were still very much on display in most stores. Yet thousands played the waiting game, camped outside stores and driving to malls on Thanksgiving, when most were passing the mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy for …