Millions more expected to shop this year over Thanksgiving weekend – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Retail experts expect more Americans to shop on Black Friday and over the weekend this year than last year.

According to the National Retail Federation, Almost two million more people are expected to shop from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber ​​Monday this year Even as consumers continue to tend to start holiday shopping early in the year.

On Black Friday, 64% of NRF projects are likely to shop in stores; Up from 51% last year.

Small businesses in North Texas welcomed the expected increase.

Alison Scott of Apricot Lane Boutique said business is improving this year, although challenges remain.

“It’s not better than it was before COVID but it’s better than it was last year, and we see it’s going up but still tough,” Scott said. “It’s still hard to get enough product at the same prices we were, so we have more hurdles than we’ve encountered in the past.”

However, Scott said there is hope for the rest of the holiday season.

“We really count on those days when all the shoppers come looking for those deals. So Black Friday, the Saturday for the small business, those who lead the Christmas season… Those are really big days for us,” Scott said. . It’s the biggest part of our year. It’s where we make our numbers and most of our sales with that stretch.”

At the Mosaic Makers Collective, Katy Sensenig Schilthuis said they also had high hopes for each of their stores. One is in the Bishop Arts District and the other is in Galleria Dallas.

“Once the stores opened again, it was a slow crawl as people started coming back outside. But this holiday season has been amazing. We really do see people shopping and shopping early,” said Sensing Shelthuis. A difference in an individual’s life. This individual is a wife or mother and not just an artist. It really allows them to do things like put turkeys on their tables on Thanksgiving Day.”

While Thanksgiving weekend will be crowded, 61% of those surveyed by the National Retail Federation have already started holiday shopping. That number is slightly up from 59% last year but up from 51% a decade ago in 2011.

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