The Barbie dollhouse at Gordman’s caught the eye of Bradley Auch’s 4-year-old daughter as she watched her father get the store ready for Black Friday shoppers. The six-lane Hot Wheels race track is at the top of the list for his 2-year-old son.
“He loves cars,” Auch said.
Auch, who manages the store in north Bismarck, said Gordman’s would like to be “a toy destination” this holiday season.
“We’re hoping to pull in customers with big name brands,” he said.
For the past six weeks, the store has been receiving twice its usual freight in preparation for deal-seekers.
“They’ve been coming in hot and heavy,” Auch said.
Gordman’s already sells its products at a discounted rate, Auch said, but this year the big box retailer was able to make some good buys in order to offer even better Black Friday prices. In past years, he’s seen shoppers on their phones in the store checking the price on Amazon.
“We try to beat them,” Auch said, of selling a $129 vacuum cleaner for $80.
Auch said the store, in past years, has offered a handful of these bargain items but, this year, the pallets full are. The store was loaded with 27 “Wow Items,” starting at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and re-opening Friday at 7 a.m.
Gordman’s packed the break room full of food for the 22 people on staff Thursday and the 45 employees working throughout the day Friday, Auch said. And a festive holiday dress code was another way the store tried to make things fun for its busy workers. Auch even planned to don a pair of Santa-printed sweatpants.
Other Black Friday events:
- Kirkwood Mall is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday, with a DJ pumping tunes in the center court. Black Friday Santa Parade begins at 10 a.m., led by the Bismarck High School Marching Band. The Medora Musical will perform a holiday show in the North Court at noon.
- JC Penney opens 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remains open through 10 p.m. Black Friday.
- Target opens 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving through 1 a.m. and re-opens at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.
- Scheels is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.
- Bed Bath & Beyond opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
- Dick’s opens 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 2 a.m. and re-opens at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
- Michaels opens 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving and re-opens at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.
- Ulta opens 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving through 2 a.m. and re-opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
- Best Buy opens 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving through 1 a.m. and re-opens at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.
- Kohl’s opens 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will end Black Friday deals at 1 p.m. but remain open until midnight.
- Old Navy opens 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving through 10 p.m. Black Friday.
- Petsmart and Sam’s Club open 7 a.m. on Black Friday.
- Walmart is open 24 hours with Black Friday deals starting at 6 p.m. Thursday.
- Kmart is open 6 a.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving and re-opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.