Holiday shopping was in full swing today for Black Friday.
In Bend’s Cascade Village Shopping Center parking lots were jam-packed and traffic was slowed to a crawl. However, Black Friday at big box stores still faces stiff competition from online retailers.
“I do most of it online. Like, I look at the stuff here and then look it up online, in the store. Most of the time it’s cheaper on line,” said Quenntin Jameson, a shopper visiting from Tacoma, Washington. “Compared to Washington, it’s pretty chill and relaxed. Nobody’s getting trampled to death”
Over in Redmond it was a different story with shoppers casually strolling through the Holiday Village Market in Centennial Park.
“Even with the cold temperatures we do see a lot of people who are trying to shop local,” said Jenna Fox, a member of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce. “You know it’s easy to get online and shop Amazon but there’s that one-on-one connection with people that a lot of people value and you get to keep shopping from those businesses each year.”
Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, a national movement to keep that holiday spending close to home.
“Shopping local, for every dollar you spend about 67-cents stays in town and then gets spread around again so there’s a multiplier effect,” said Eric Sande, the Executive Director of the Redmond Chamber of Commerce. “So shopping local keeps money here, it keeps people in business. They are our family and friends. We want to support everybody and make sure this is a good season for everybody.”
The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest trade group, predicts holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% this year compared to last, driven by a strong job market.