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NEW YORK — Black Friday shoppers fought for parking spots and traveled cross-state to their favorite malls, kicking off a shortened shopping season that intensified the mad scramble between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Barrio Vintage
Barrio Vintage

Many people will be headed to malls today for Black Friday sales.  But there are an assortment of alternative shopping choices popping up this year. 

On O‘ahu, Chinatown merchants and restaurants are hosting the 2nd annual Downtown Shop Around. Downtown boutiques are hosting trunk sales and discounts… while restaurants offer shoppers discounts for their support of merchants.  Bradley Rhea is co-owner of Barrio Vintage clothing store.

Allison Izu
Allison izu

 

The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show adjusted retail and food service sales for November are up 1.4% from last year.  Non-store retailers, however, are up 7.3%, and food and drink establishments are up 6.5% from November last year.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found consumers are saying a lot with their actions this year.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  

  Shopping is more than necessity or recreation for Americans, the global economy relies on American consumption and this is the height of the season.  Locally, retail accounts for 25% of Hawai‘i’s workforce and is the largest contributor to the state’s excise tax revenue. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Honolulu shoppers have some new options this year in the ‘Ewa wing of Ala Moana Center.