Pre-Black Friday

Cherisse Sanders arranges Christmas items on the shelves of the housewares department of the K&K Hardware in Bettendorf in preparation for the store's opening in this file photo. (Larry Fisher/QUAD-CITY TIMES)

Larry Fisher

Solid national sales on Black Friday and throughout Thanksgiving Weekend were reflected at thriving Quad-City businesses.

A coupon for 50 percent off any one item $50 or less drew a lot of customers, said Kortney Gaura, office manager at K&K True Value, Bettendorf. “Friday was good, but it carried over into Saturday and Sunday,” she said. Customers purchased a “very large variety” of items, from birdseed to plumbing parts – “Anything you can think of,” Gaura said. They also brought a lot of appliances, such as slow cookers and roasters, as well as tools, she said.

Additionally, customers rented ladders so that they could put up Christmas lights. “I think (the coupon) and the blessing of the weather” contributed to crowds of shoppers, she said.

Shane Nichols, customer service manager at Wallace’s Garden Center, Bettendorf, said the store had a “really great turnout” over the weekend. “We were having trouble keeping up with porch pots (large containers with greenery that Wallace’s designers decorate.)”

Live Christmas trees sold quickly, he said. “We had to call in people to help with deliveries,” he said (the store offers free Christmas tree delivery to the Quad-City area). “We had a lot of people taking advantage of that.”


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