While Black Friday is expected to hold its spot as the busiest shopping day of the year, that hasn’t stopped retailers from continuing to court shoppers long before the Thanksgiving turkey hits the table.
With students back in school and the fall season just around the corner, shoppers can expect to find clearance prices on school uniforms, lawn tools and other outdoor equipment beginning after Labor Day.
The deal-hunting website FatWallet.com says September brings deep discounts on back-to-school clothing and yard items, like lawn mowers, trimmers, edgers, and hedgers.
Fall apparel and outdoor wear will also be on sale — but the best deals come later in the month, FatWallet says.
Labor Day sales will offer some discounts, but shoppers who wait until later in the month may find event better deals on jackets, long sleeve tops, work boots and denim clothing, the website said.
“Summer clearance sales feature outdoor sports apparel, college and professional teams merchandise, and hiking and hunting apparel with discounts in the range of 20-40 percent off from popular online stores like REI co-op, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sierra Trading Post, Cabela’s and others,” FatWallet said.
Back-to-school clearance prices will drop even more as retailers look to clear out merchandise to make way for holiday items.
“Look for deep discounts and site-wide sales online from brands like Levi’s, Lucky, Guess, True Religion and Lee among other popular brands,” FatWallet said.
Clearance sales on lawn tools and equipment will also ramp up following Labor Day weekend. FatWallet says shoppers can find the year’s best discounts on push mowers, riding mowers and lawn tools.
At the Whole Foods in West Palm Beach signs advertised new low prices on a number of staples including organic bananas, pasta sauce, eggs and milk.
Orange signs with the heading “New Lower Price — Whole Foods + Amazon” were posted throughout the store located at the Palm Beach Outlets on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.
Among the saving: Organic Pasta Sauce, $2.79, down from $2.99; a half-gallon of organic whole milk, $3.49 down from $3.99; and tomatoes, $1.99 a pound, down from $2.49.
“We’re determined to make healthy and organic food affordable for everyone,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said in a statement released last week. “Everybody should be able to eat Whole Foods Market quality – we will lower prices without compromising Whole Foods Market’s long-held commitment to the highest standards.”
Amazon completed its acquisition of Whole Foods on Monday. In addition to lower prices, the company has said it plans to offer “special savings and in-store benefits” to its Prime members.
Hurricane Harvey could cause gasoline prices in Florida to soar by as much as 30 cents a gallon, AAA warned Thursday.
The rapidly strengthening hurricane is expected to make landfall somewhere along the Texas coast late Friday or early Saturday, threatening Gulf Coast oil refineries that help supply the state with gasoline, AAA said.
Nearly half of U.S. refining capacity is located on the Gulf Coast, and nearly one-third of those refineries appear to be in Harvey’s path, AAA said.
“This could be a big deal especially for Florida motorists,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said. “Florida pumps are primarily supplied by gasoline that sails over from refineries in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.”
Gas prices in Florida were already climbing because of “pre-existing refinery issues in the region,” Jenkins said.
On Thursday, AAA estimated the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Florida to be $2.30, and $2.38 in Palm Beach County. The average price in Florida and Palm Beach County has risen by a dime in the past month, AAA said.
“This storm could cause more refinery closures and prevent tankers from moving fuel in-and-out of Texas ports, which would cause gas prices to surge from 10-30 cents,” Jenkins said.
Gas prices in Florida have climbed 5 cents over the last three days, AAA said.
Among the areas that have seen the largest price jumps: Tampa (10 cents), Orlando (10 cents), Fort Myers-Cape Coral (7 cents), and the region of Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice (6 cents).
Gymboree stores at CityPlace, Delray Marketplace, and the Boynton Beach Mall are among 350 stores slated to be closed. The company operates 1,281 retail stores under the Gymboree, Janie and Jack and Crazy 8 brands.
Liquidation sales at stores slated for closure are already underway, according to the company’s website.
“Right-sizing our store footprint is a central part of our efforts to ensure Gymboree emerges from this restructuring process as a stronger and more competitive organization, with greater financial flexibility to invest in our future,” Daniel Griesemer, President and CEO of Gymboree, said in a statement released in June. “Importantly, we will continue to operate a majority of our stores and will continue to deliver quality merchandise and superior service to our customers at our Gymboree, Janie and Jack and Crazy 8 brands. This was a difficult decision to make, but we are confident that it is in the best long-term interest of our Company, our customers and our broader employee base.
Gymboree also has stores at the Palm Beach Outlets, The Mall at Wellington Green and the Town Center at Boca Raton.
Visit Palm Beach, which offers kayak and paddle board rentals and cruises aboard its 50-foot catamaran Hakuna Matata from the West Palm Beach waterfront, has just announced it will offer a 90-minute eclipse catamaran cruise for residents and tourists who want to view the event from the water.
The website, www.thepalmbeaches.com, which was recently launched by Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing group, was named one of the “25 best tourism board websites” in the world.
Skift noted that the site includes photos posted on social media by recent vacationers and residents using the hastag #ThePalmBeaches. User-generated content like Instagram photos and Twitter posts help create a sense of realism about a destination, Skift’s report said.
“This honor puts Discover The Palm Beaches in some great company in the Destination Marketing Organization world, relative to tourism websites,” said Rich Basen, senior vice president of marketing and leisure sales for DTPB. “When you consider how many tourism organization websites exist today, you understand just how much this achievement speaks volumes about the thoughtful content and ease of use of our new website. We’re competing with the entire world.”
Dickert said on Monday he decided to surrender his trademark and change the restaurant name to avoid a costly legal fight. He says he’s kin to Peter Luger, but will give up using the name in his business.
The brouhaha over the Carl Von Luger deal for North Palm Beach, and subsequent national attention over his fight with Peter Luger, hasn’t been all bad, however.
The restaurant’s profile has been raised to the point where it now is in demand by Palm Beach County landlords seeking a Carl’s Prime steak house, Dickert said.
“I’ve been talking to people,” he said. “Now everybody knows who I am….Bad news is good news for me.”
Thus far, Dickert said he’s talking to a property owner in North Palm Beach as well as a hotel in Boca Raton about opening a Carl’s Prime.
Neither deal is baked, per se, but Dickert is optimistic he’ll have a reason to come down to Palm Beach County soon, and not just to avoid the upcoming winters up north.
For the record, here’s what Dickert posted on the Carl Von Luger website, which must remove all reference to Luger by Oct. 28:
“In recent months an issue has arisen regarding our name and branding due to similarities to the New York based Peter Luger restaurants,” the statement said.
“As you know, our owner Robert Dickert is a third generation restaurateur with over forty years of passion in the restaurant industry. While we are flattered by any such comparison, we’d like to clarify that our restaurant and its owner are in no way affiliated with the Peter Luger restaurants. To eliminate any possibility of confusion, we are changing our name to Carl’s Prime.”
A record 60.7 million tourists visited Florida during the first six months of 2017, marking the highest tourism count ever recorded between January and June, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday.
The record tourism level comes amid a difficult year for the state’s tourism marketing organization, Visit Florida, which faced budget cuts and saw the departure of several of its top executives following criticism over its $1 million contract with performing artist Pitbull. After a bitter debate between the governor and some lawmakers, state officials agreed to restore Visit Florida’s funding, but Palm Beach County tourism officials have raised concerns that new restrictions placed on the state marketing group after the fallout could hinder its efforts to bring tourists here.
Last year’s hurricanes, the Zika virus and the Jan. 6 mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were also a blow to the sate’s tourism industry.
Despite the crises, Scott said Florida’s tourism industry has continued to flourish. The number of visitors who traveled to the state between January and June grew by 4.1 percent over the same period last year, Scott’s office said.
“With the investments made in Visit Florida during this year’s special legislative session, we can continue to break records and work toward our goal of 120 million visitors this year,” Scott said. “Florida’s booming tourism industry supports 1.4 million jobs across the state, and I know that Visit Florida and their many local partners are continuing to focus on breaking more records in order to help create even more opportunities for our families.”