Many re­tail­ers to take part in Black Fri­day

Kathimerini English - - Focus - DIMITRA MANIFAVA

One af­ter an­other, Greece’s re­tail chains and traders’ as­so­ci­a­tions are an­nounc­ing their par­tic­i­pa­tion in to­mor­row’s “Black Fri­day” dis­count event, named af­ter its US coun­ter­part the day af­ter Thanks­giv­ing. In fact, some busi­nesses are ex­tend­ing the sales win­dow, start­ing to­day and con­tin­u­ing un­til Satur­day.

Even the Athens Traders As­so­ci­a­tion, a num­ber of whose board mem­bers had ex­pressed strong op­po­si­tion to a Black Fri­day ini­tia­tive, rushed to in­form its mem­bers plan­ning to par­tic­i­pate about what the leg­is­la­tion al­lows for. Its Pi­raeus peer en­cour­aged mem­bers to take part, say­ing in a let­ter that the event aims at “rein­vig­o­rat­ing pur­chases ahead of Christ­mas, as it al­lows con­sumers to par­tic­i­pate in unique of­fers.”

Among the chains to have an­nounced their par­tic­i­pa­tion are the River West, Athens Metro Mall, McArthurGlen and Smart Park shop­ping malls, as well as Public, Me­dia Markt, Plaisio etc.

How­ever, prospects of a Black Fri­day pro­voked a strong re­ac­tion from the Fed­er­a­tion of Pri­vate Em­ploy­ees of Greece (OIYE), which re­ferred in a state­ment to a “Black Fri­day for work­ers, con­sumers and com­merce.”

The leg­is­la­tion pro­vides for spe­cial of­fers to amount to up to 50 per­cent of the nor­mal price of mer­chan­dise, while stores can stay open no later than 9 p.m.

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