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Small businesses prep for Black Friday

8:50 AM, Nov 22, 2012   |    comments
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National retailers aren't the only ones prepared to draw in customers with Black Friday deals.

Stores across East Tennessee will also be doing what they can to attract customers during a weekend the National Retail Federation says will generate more than $58 billion of revenue.

"The first 15 customers that check out get an extra 20 percent off their entire purchase," said Erin Martin, an employee at Rococo Boutique in downtown Knoxville.

Just across Market Square from that business, River Sports Outfitters will be providing customers multiple deals as well. Manager Brian Francis said he is hopeful customers realize there are certain things local retailers can offer shoppers that national retailers cannot.

"You're going to get a little more personal attention when you come into a smaller retail shop," he said.

The Disc Exchange in South Knoxville will also be participating in Record Store Day on Black Friday. It will provide albums from musicians like the White Strips, My Morning Jacket and Nirvana; music compilations that will only be available in local independent record shops.

"The biggest thing is just to bring people back into the local retail environment," said Disc Exchange CEO John Bevis.

That said, all three local stores agreed on one thing: they would not open their doors on Thanksgiving day just to make more money.

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