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  • Deputy arrested for assisting with Black Friday theft

    December 12, 2014 11:03 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A then-deputy working a detail at the Walmart here faces charges, accused of conspiring with a woman to steal two televisions on Black Friday. The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office said deputies arrested Ken Garner. He was described in a news release as a "former deputy." Garner had... more »
  • Retail group: Black Friday weekend loses allure

    November 30, 2014 1:28 PM

    NEW YORK - The Black Friday shopping weekend may be losing its mojo. A survey of shoppers released Sunday by the National Retail Federation shows how early discounting, more online shopping and an improving economy have fewer people shopping on the weekend that kicks off the holiday shopping season. Overall,... more »
  • Black Friday gets a little less frenzied

    November 29, 2014 10:31 AM

    NEW YORK - Analysts say Thanksgiving Day and online sales appear to have made Black Friday shopping a little tamer. There were squabbles here and there, and elbows got thrown, but the Friday morning crowds appeared smaller than usual and less frenzied. What the news is for retailers remains to... more »
  • Few signs of Black Friday madness in Louisiana

    November 28, 2014 12:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Black Friday is known for long lines of bargain hunters willing to stand for hours until doors open. But this scenario is becoming less common as an increasing number of retailers open their doors on Thanksgiving Day and greater volumes of holiday shopping take place online. Retailers... more »
  • Doorsbusters clear shelves

    November 27, 2014 8:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thanksgiving shopping has definitely caught on. Best Buy in Baton Rouge opened an hour earlier than last year. The line wrapped around the building as shoppers waited for the doors to open at 5 p.m. for the doorbuster deals. Many people were waiting for a Panasonic... more »
  • Shoppers make final preparations for Black Friday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 27, 2014 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the feasting draws to a close on Thanksgiving Day, many Baton Rouge residents will turn their attention toward hitting the stores to cash in on Black Friday savings. The Black Friday tradition of "doorbusters" where one must be at the store when it opens to... more »
  • Stores, shoppers gearing up for Black Friday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 26, 2014 3:50 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Businesses all across the area are stocking shelves getting ready for the mad rush of holiday shoppers. Shoppers in Livingston Parish say it's good to finally shop locally and avoid traffic around Baton Rouge. Before Juban Crossing became a reality many in the parish traveled to... more »
  • More stores say no to Black Thursday shopping check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 30, 2014 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Black Friday is just a month away. Some stores plan to open their doors early on Thanksgiving, while others are just saying no. Costco, GameStop and Nordstorm all announced plans to give employees the holiday off to spend with family. The trend to open on... more »
  • Cyber Monday shopping

    December 2, 2013 10:07 AM

    NEW YORK- It's the day of the online deal. Millions of shoppers are expected to click on items on Monday as retailers rev up deals to grab online holiday shopping dollars on the first working day after the busy holiday weekend. But this year so-called Cyber Monday seems to have... more »
  • Thanksgiving takes more Black Friday sales

    November 30, 2013 5:40 PM

    Thanksgiving Day is eating into Black Friday shopping. Shoppers spent $9.74 billion at stores in the U.S. on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that's typically the busiest shopping day of the year. That's a 13.2 percent drop from a year ago, according to data released Saturday afternoon by retail... more »
  • Not just "Black Friday" anymore

    November 30, 2013 10:27 AM

    This year may cement the transformation of the start of the holiday shopping season into a two-day affair. Black Friday, the official start of the shopping season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, originally was named that because it was when retailers turned a profit, or moved out of the red and... more »
  • Shop small, help grow communities

    November 29, 2013 8:05 PM

    CENTRAL - People are encouraged to support locally-owned businesses this weekend by shopping and eating at homegrown businesses. This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day set aside between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage shoppers to spend their holiday money at local mom-and-pop stores. "It's absolutely... more »
  • Black Friday shoppers supporting Gonzales check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 29, 2013 1:59 PM

    GONZALES - Black Friday shoppers avoided the crazy crowds and helped Gonzales grow at the same time. "We went last night to Walmart and it was packed but since we got here it was ok I guess. I like this better," said Lamaria Phillips at Tanger Outlet Mall. ... more »
  • Americans in two-day holiday shopping marathon

    November 29, 2013 10:30 AM

    NORTH BERGEN, N.J. - Some shoppers are trying again this morning, after deciding that they didn't want to deal with long lines outside stores on Thanksgiving. A New Jersey man says he was at Wal-Mart last night, hoping to get an iPad Mini, but gave up when he saw the... more »
  • Shoppers hit sales early, before Black Friday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 29, 2013 7:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Shoppers weren't bothered by the early start to the Christmas shopping season, as they poured into malls and electronic stores hoping for big deals through the evening and morning. Best Buy opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and many employees were still working through the evening as... more »
  • Chilly shopping and tailgating

    November 29, 2013 5:57 AM

    Like Thanksgiving, Black Friday is off to a cold start. The day started below freezing and many of us early-risers found it necessary to scrape away some frost on the windshields before setting out for the day. High pressure centered over Virginia will keep our skies mainly clear and our... more »
  • Stores lure shoppers from Thanksgiving dinner check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 28, 2013 9:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's some backlash brewing against the mall crawl for holiday savings, but it didn't slow shoppers down. Some were camped out at the Best Buy on Millerville since Wednesday afternoon awaiting the 6 p.m. opening of the store. At the Best Buy near the Mall... more »
  • A cold Thanksgiving

    November 28, 2013 5:55 AM

    As you take the time to enjoy a nice meal with friends and family, perhaps you're also thankful that you are fortunate enough to do so indoors! It's cold today. With a morning temperature checked in around 25° we experienced the coldest morning since March 27, 2013, nearly piercing the... more »
  • Black Friday shoppers already out check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 27, 2013 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of shoppers are out before Thanksgiving, and the stores are getting ready for Black Friday. Some shoppers say they're trying to get in before the crowds, while others are shopping now so it wont interfere with watching football. "We're going to the LSU game,... more »
  • More stores opening Thanksgiving Day check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 18, 2013 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Add two more stores to the list of those opening on Thanksgiving Day, ahead of the Black Friday rush. After 155 years of being closed on Thanksgiving Day, even Macy's will open. The store says it's opening early to appeal to customers who want to shop... more »
  • Some shoppers skip "Black Friday" for "Small Business Saturday" check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 24, 2012 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The days following Thanksgiving are major shopping days across the country, and usually pay off for the big chain stores. However, going to locally owned stores and small boutiques on Saturday is becoming popular with shoppers who are looking for deals, but want to skip Black Friday... more »
  • Dow climbs 172 in a Black Friday rally

    November 23, 2012 3:57 PM

    NEW YORK - Stocks rallied in an abbreviated session on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average shot up 172 points to 13,009. That's the first close above 13,000 for the Dow since Election Day. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 18 points to 1,409. The S&P also racked... more »
  • Walmart says no one hurt in frenzy at Ga. store check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 23, 2012 12:32 PM

    MOULTRIE, Ga. - Walmart says no one was injured in a frenzy over a Black Friday deal at one of its stores in south Georgia. A video of the incident circulating online shows a large crowd of people pushing, yelling and grabbing boxes off a shelf at the store in... more »
  • Cops: Mass. bargain hunter took home TV, left tot

    November 23, 2012 10:42 AM

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Police say a Massachusetts man left his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in a car while he went shopping for Black Friday bargains, then went home with his new 51-inch flat screen television and left the toddler behind. Police, alerted by store security, found the boy asleep in the... more »
  • Tips to survive 'Black Friday'

    November 22, 2012 8:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Planning to brave the crowds Friday to get the big deals? Remember to stay calm, and be nice. Other advice from experts: - Plan your route based on what you need to buy, and stores' opening hours. - Do your research. - Check websites. You might be... more »
  • Hunt for deals begins with first line at area store

    November 21, 2012 9:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Still more than 24 hours before sales were available, a small group of people gathered outside an electronics store to be the first to get the deals. A few were outside the Best Buy near the Mall of Louisiana. The store doesn't open until midnight Friday morning.... more »
  • Labor board still investigating Walmart dispute

    November 20, 2012 5:19 PM

    NEW YORK - Federal labor officials say they haven't decided whether to support a request by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to stop a union-backed group from encouraging worker walk-outs that are expected to culminate Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark.,... more »
  • Saturday shoppers try to grab Black Friday deals

    November 26, 2011 10:15 AM

    Shoppers are headed to the stores Saturday hoping to nab residual Black Friday deals. But experts say, they may be disappointed. Britt Beemer with America's Research Group, predicts there will be a lot of shoppers out Saturday, especially early. But today's shoppers shouldn't expect to see some of... more »
  • South LA small businesses fare well on Black Friday

    November 25, 2011 7:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE-- Instead of braving the crowds and hitting a mall, hundreds flooded into the Denham Springs Antiques District. But it wasn't cramped, and no one even came close to getting trampled, because the stores there are small business that typically attract fewer folks on the biggest shopping day of... more »
  • Adoptions halved for Black Friday pets at CAA

    November 25, 2011 1:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge cut their adoption fees in half today for black pets, as part of a Black Friday adoption push. All-black and mostly-black animals cost $30 to adopt instead of the normal $60. Adoption hours are from 11 a.m. to 7... more »
  • Scattered outbreaks of violence mar early shopping

    November 25, 2011 1:23 PM

    UNDATED - Authorities say there's more than pushing and shoving going on as the holiday shopping gets under way. Los Angeles police are looking for a woman who used pepper spray to keep rival shoppers away from merchandise she wanted last night. Twenty people suffered minor injuries after being... more »
  • Traffic snarled across Baton Rouge area

    November 25, 2011 1:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic slowed down or stopped altogether in many areas of Baton Rouge today, due to a one-two punch of Black Friday shoppers and gameday travelers. At midday the state Dept. of Transportation and Development reported congestion on all major interstates leading into and through Baton Rouge.... more »
  • Shoppers hit stores for Black Friday deals

    November 25, 2011 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Shoppers in the Baton Rouge area got out late Thanksgiving night and up early Friday morning to get in on Black Friday shopping deals. Hundreds lined up outside stores near the Mall of Louisiana waiting for the doors to big deals to open. Several big... more »
  • Shoppers skip turkey to beat Black Friday crowds check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 24, 2011 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lines for Black Friday deals are already getting long outside of some stores in Baton Rouge. Blake Sparrow and his buddies are first in line at Best Buy, putting their tent up last week. And they're not giving up for anything, not even Thanksgiving. "We've... more »
  • Target announces midnight opening for Black Friday

    October 28, 2011 1:01 PM

    NEW YORK - As the run-up to holiday shopping intensifies, Target Corp. is saying its stores will open at midnight on Thanksgiving Day for the first time this year. That's four hours earlier than last year. The stores will stay open for 23 hours and close at 11... more »
  • Shoppers buying for themselves as well as for others

    November 27, 2010 1:33 PM

    NEW YORK - Retailers are calling it an encouraging sign for the holiday shopping season. They say many customers are not just buying gifts for family and friends, they're buying things for themselves too. While there aren't many sales figures yet for Black Friday, crowds were large. Meanwhile, shoppers who... more »
  • Shoppers seek relaxing experience on Black Friday

    November 26, 2010 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- While hundreds of people lined up in the cold to grab deals at some of the bigger stores in the city, a select few waited to begin their shopping trips. The folks who wanted to skip the lines looked to local mom and pop shops to make their... more »
  • Early morning Black Friday shopping

    November 26, 2010 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- Hundreds of people flooded the mall Friday morning to take advantage of reduced prices and great deals despite the rain. This Black Friday was different than most as many stores opened well before the traditional 5 a.m. Nearly every department store at the Mall of Louisiana... more »
  • Thanksgiving sales bring shoppers, grumbles

    November 25, 2010 4:22 PM

    NEW YORK - Not all Americans tucked into turkey with their families on Thanksgiving. Some were out shopping, hitting sales ahead of the crowds expected Friday. After a year of cautious spending and worry over an uncertain economy and high unemployment, more stores this year extended hours into Thanksgiving Day,... more »
  • Deals bring out die-hard shoppers

    November 25, 2010 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A handful of die-hard shoppers lined up early in front of Best Buy near the Mall of Louisiana. The shoppers have made it a tradition to spend their Thanksgiving in front of the store waiting on Black Friday deals. The first shopper, Jared Boudreaux, said he's made... more »
  • Holiday money mistakes to avoid

    November 25, 2010 12:27 PM

    CHICAGO - Experts say Black Friday shoppers should remember their budgets before they head out the door with their credit cards and holiday lists. Consumers Reports say shoppers can end up taking a year to pay for all the spending. It says more than 13 million people are still paying... more »
  • Survey says-Black Friday shoppers would rather click and save

    November 17, 2010 9:29 AM

    MONROVIA, Ca. - Black Friday's just around the corner, but a new survey by CouponMountain.com suggested many Americans would rather click and save than fight the crowds at the malls. CouponMountain.com's Online Holiday Shopping Survey found 69% of online shoppers disliked the crowds, their number one complaint of Black... more »
  • Retailers see green for Black Friday-Cyber Monday

    December 1, 2009 7:43 AM

    Retail sales figures for this past weekend are in, and according to research firm Shoppertrak, combined sales for Black Friday and Saturday were up 9 tenths of a percent over last year. Meanwhile, early reports showed online sales were strong for Cyber Monday. Retailers used Twitter and social... more »
  • Black Friday shopping on a budget

    November 27, 2009 10:12 PM

    Black Friday shoppers may have flocked to the malls, but not all of them rushed into making a buy. Many shoppers told News 2 this year the purchases are carefully calculated. They blame the economy for causing them to scale back this year's shopping. Some shoppers said they... more »
  • Black Friday shoppers brave big crowds

    November 27, 2009 11:19 AM

    Stores were crowded and lines were long as shoppers hit the doors of the Mall of Louisiana on Black Friday. Some department stores opened at 4 a.m. Even though the mall itself didn't open until 6 a.m., shoppers were itching at the doors to get in. "I couldn't... more »
  • Shoppers hit stores a day early

    November 26, 2009 8:54 PM

    Some shoppers got a jump on the Black Friday frenzy by shopping on Thursday. A small number of stores opened their doors for the Thanksgiving holiday giving shoppers an extra day of savings. Some shoppers said they felt a little conflicted about shopping because the employees at the stores... more »
  • Local businesses fight for holiday cash

    November 23, 2009 5:02 PM

    Shoppers will have a little variety on Black Friday. Large retail chains have pulled out all the stops, trying to attract customers. To compete, local business owners are doing the same--online. Limited advertising budgets have forced local business owners to be creative. In Denham Springs, KID Adorable Owner Heather... more »

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