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12/1/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman shoppers in a spending mood
Shoppers came out in full force for Black Friday sales in Kingman. From left to right, Mike Wilson, Sunny, 4, and Stormy Waters, 2, look at skateboards while shopping at Hastings Entertainment Friday.
Shoppers came out in full force for Black Friday sales in Kingman. From left to right, Mike Wilson, Sunny, 4, and Stormy Waters, 2, look at skateboards while shopping at Hastings Entertainment Friday.
JC Penney cashier Jessica Hooper rings up a customer while others cheerfully wait in line on Black Friday.
JC Penney cashier Jessica Hooper rings up a customer while others cheerfully wait in line on Black Friday.

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The Friday after Thanksgiving might not have exactly been a black one for Kingman retailers, but it was at least a very dark blue.

Call it Indigo Friday.

Absent were out-of-control hordes of shoppers, eager to show how thankful they were by trampling their neighbors in a quest for a bargain. But shoppers were out en masse and they had spending on their minds.

"This is the best Black Friday we've had in years," said Ashley Lennard, a manager at JC Penney.

"This is the first year we opened at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and we were slammed."

The big seller was luggage priced at "incredibly" low prices, she said, and Arizona Jeans that were going for less than $15 a pair.

"It's been crazy in here," said cashier Jessica Hooper as she and her coworkers greeted long lines of customers at the register.

Business was almost as brisk across the street at the recently opened Tractor Supply Co. on Stockton Hill Road, as it undoubtedly was at other Kingman retailers.

Black Friday, the story goes, is the day most stores begin to make a profit after losing revenue the first 11 months of the year, and the ink on their financial statements goes from red, meaning a negative balance, to black, which indicates a profit, according to

The term did not originate as a positive, according to the website. Police officers and bus drivers first coined "black Friday" in Philadelphia in the 1960s because of problem-causing traffic jams and overcrowded sidewalks in retail districts full of people shopping for Christmas presents the day after Thanksgiving.

Also, days throughout history when the stock market crashed also were dubbed as black, as in Black Monday for Oct. 19, 1987, when the Dow Jones plunged 22 percent in one day - the steepest one-day drop in the stock market's history.

The most familiar stock market tanking was Black Thursday, which occurred on Oct. 24, 1929. The Great Depression followed.

While the Saturday before Christmas used to be the best shopping day of the year for retailers, the day after Thanksgiving has taken that honor since at least 2003, as more and more companies began to offer bargains to lure in customers and their cash - and they seem to open for business earlier each holiday season.

While stores like Walmart begin earning profits by about 8 a.m. on Jan. 1, other retailers, particularly those that anchor shopping malls, actually do make their profits for the year between Black Friday and the Saturday before Christmas, according to the website.

Unfortunately, Black Friday has taken on another negative connotation as each year on this day there are reports of shootings, customers brawling, and a second trampling death since 2005 occurred Friday.

A Long Island, N.Y., Walmart worker was killed after a mob of shoppers smashed through the store's entrance doors and trampled him. Four customers including a woman who is eight months pregnant, were seriously injured.

Shoppers in Kingman, however, are apparently more civilized.

"People have been very well-mannered," said Lennard. "We've received a lot of positive feedback."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Just think how much money Kingman businesses could take in if all of the people who said they would never shop in Kingman because they received a half-cent reduction in the sales tax last July?

Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Article comment by: Nay Mama

I haven't ever been to a Black Friday sale since I've always had to work on that Friday.
This year I went on Grey Thursday to the 8pm sale at Walmart, needing to get one item, a printer. After reading & hearing all the horror stories, I was very surprised to find a well organized sale going on. I was 2 people back for the printer I wanted & the first person grabbed 2 & handed one to me. Everyone was well mannered & it was quieter in the store than I thought it would be. Like I said, everything was organized, signs put up for checkout & so many employees, you couldn't turn around without running into one. Kudos to our Walmart & the citizens of Kingman & surrounding areas.

Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Article comment by: JOHN G


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