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By Keith Norman

The Jamestown Sun

Whether they sell electronics, clothes or tools, the retail stores of Jamestown are anticipating a good Black Friday and a strong holiday shopping season.

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Prospective buyers are scouring the sales flyers and advertisements. Electronics and other products will draw the most attention but the popular products vary from store to store.

"I think everyone is expecting a good holiday especially North Dakota," said Joni Dalke, store manager for the Kmart store in Jamestown. "For us it is electronic goods, televisions, tablets and toys."

For Kmart, the hot sellers largely follow the national trends.

"The electronics and kitchen appliances will be big all over," she said. "In our area the little electric fireplaces will be big sellers this year."

Dalke said computer tablets and fireplaces aren't new products but both have seen product improvements since last Christmas, which will make them hot items this year.

Kmart will operate a split schedule on Thanksgiving Day with the store open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday. The store reopens from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Gary Docktor, co-owner of Gun & Reel, also expects a strong holiday season.

"According to all the stuff you hear we anticipate it being up from last year," he said. "Weather plays a factor in all this but we have a lot of different items on a two-day sale over Black Friday and the weekend."

The National Weather Service forecast for Black Friday in Jamestown calls for mostly sunny skies with cool temperatures topping at 25 degrees.

Top items at Gun & Reel this holiday includes apparel, especially if it boasts the team logos and names for any of the Jamestown schools or North Dakota universities.

Docktor said the store will operate its normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

"We tried opening early once a few years back," he said. "We found people will get up early and stand in line for a bargain on a television, not for a bargain on a Jays shirt or cap."

The doors open at Mac's at 7 a.m. for Black Friday specials on tools and specialty items.

"We're looking at a pretty good Christmas rush," said Randy Borowicz, manager of Mac's in Jamestown.

Borowicz bases his projections on the agriculture industry.

"The weather and the farm commodities are what makes a Christmas for us," he said.

Brandie Block, manager at Glik's in the Buffalo Mall, said that in previous years Black Friday was the only big shopping day and then business got quiet on the weekends. Now the momentum tends to carry through Sunday.

"It's a pretty big day," Block said about Friday. "The weekend is just as big as Black Friday now. It's not like it used to be."

Block said she expects Ugg boots and North Face clothing to be hot items, as well as the Candy Rain tank-tops the store is offering as doorbusters. Glick's opens at 6 a.m. Friday.

With some bargain hunters in the stores as early as 5 a.m., it can be a long day of shopping. Shoppers can wrap up a full day of bargain hunting Friday with the ninth annual edition of the Holiday Dazzle on Main parade at 7 p.m.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at knorman@jamestownsun.com

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