Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Applaud Local Black Friday Efforts

Nov 28, 2013 | Chamber News

Communities across Manitoba offering Black Friday deals

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce are encouraged and supportive of the efforts made by Manitoba business to bring the Black Friday frenzy, the biggest shopping day of the year, to their communities.

“After years of seeing Manitobans heading south of the border, businesses in this province are making it more enticing to shop at home,” said Chamber President and CEO Chuck Davidson. “We know that cross border shopping will continue but local communities are trying to build Black Friday traditions in their communities and that is great for local retailers and the province as a whole.”

A total of $59 billion was spent in the United States on Black Friday in 2012 with Canadians contributing to the more than $6 billion increase from 2011. The numbers are expected to rise with Canadians, once again, playing a larger role in the shopping frenzy. A recent report from BMO indicates close to half of all Canadians plan on Black Friday shopping, whether crossing border, online or locally. Manitobans are expected to spend an average of $239 per person. It only makes sense for some of that money to stay in the provincial purse.

This year, a number of local Chambers of Commerce are planning their first Black Friday promotion and in the case of Selkirk, their second. Examples of what some local chambers have planned include:

  • Steinbach is hosting its first ever Black Friday event this year with participation of 43 local businesses.
  • The Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce are hosting Moonlight Madness as part of our Shop Local initiative.
  • Brandon Chamber of Commerce is promoting member sales, activities and promotions this holiday season with the help more than a dozen local businesses.
  • The Winnipeg Chamber offered members an opportunity to advertise their own deals to Winnipeg shoppers to encourage them to stay home and check out all the local deals.
  • Selkirk Biz is holding its second Black Friday weekend event with over 50 participating merchants, offering shoppers spectacular savings. This initiative has received full support at the municipal level with a proclamation signed by the Mayors of the RM of St. Andrews, RM of St. Clements, RM of West St. Paul and the City of Selkirk.

“For many communities, traveling to the closet U.S. destination takes them out of the Black Friday experience,” added Davidson. “Local businesses and their chambers are taking the initiative and thinking outside the box to promote the strengths of their community and they deserve all the credit.”

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce encourage everybody to visit their local chamber websites to see what exciting deals and events are planned.

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