Target turns shopping carts into “Mario Karts;” gives stores video game makeover

Mario Kart lovers, get your running shoes ready. Target has recreated a real-life version of the video game inside some of its stores.

Target has given more than 650 of its stores a Mario-themed makeover. (Photo provided by Target)

In advance of Friday’s release of Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Switch, Target have given more than 650 of its stores across the country a Mario-themed makeover complete with shopping carts that have been made to look like “Mario Karts.”

In Palm Beach County, six stores have received the makeover, including locations in Lake Park/Palm Beach Gardens, Greenacres, Royal Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and west Boca.

As part of the promotion, the big red bollards (designed to stop stray carts) in front of some Target stores have been covered with Mario and Luigi’s faces.

When you walk through the store’s doors motion sensors fire up flashing lights and play Mario’s catchy theme song. The flooring has also been covered with the black-and-white checkered pattern of a race starting line.

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“Experience counts—it’s what keeps guests coming in and coming back to our stores,” Scott Nygaard, Target’s senior vice president, of Merchandising said in a statement posted on the company’s website. “So we’re delivering the fun like only Target can, giving generations of Mario fans a shopping trip they won’t soon forget.”

Here is the complete list of stores in Palm Beach County where you can find the Mario-themed experience:

  •         Lake Park/Palm Beach Gardens: 500 N Congress Ave Lake Park, FL 33403
  •         Greenacres: 5900 Lake Worth Rd  Greenacres, FL 33463
  •         Royal Palm Beach: 10155 Okeechobee Blvd  West Palm Beach, FL 33411
  •         Boynton Beach SE: 650 N Congress Ave  Boynton Beach, FL 33426
  •         Delray Beach: 1200 Linton Blvd  Delray Beach, FL 33444
  •         West Boca Raton: 21637 State Road 7  Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

 

 

Holiday shopping: Exclusive Star Wars gifts you can only find at Target

In the battle to woo holiday shoppers, a growing number of national retailers are stocking their shelves with exclusive items that can only be bought at their stores. 

Chewbacca greets shoppers as they enter Target in Boynton Beach. Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise went on sale at select stores at 12:01 a.m. on September 4, 2015. (Brianna Soukup/Palm Beach Post)
Chewbacca greets shoppers as they enter Target in Boynton Beach. Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise went on sale at select stores at 12:01 a.m. on September 4, 2015. (Brianna Soukup/Palm Beach Post)

Target is no exception. The national retailer is touting four exclusive Star Wars items that can only be purchased at its stores.

Star Wars merchandise ranks among the top gift items this holiday season.

By selling exclusive items — especially those designed around popular children’s characters and brands — retailers not only hope to draw shoppers into their stores, but to get those shoppers to purchase other holiday gift items while they are there.

Target’s exclusive Star Wars lineup includes:

 

 

 

Cyber Monday 2016: Target to offer 15 percent Apple products and “nearly everything” else it sells

Thanksgiving is still a day away, but Target on Wednesday unveiled its Cyber Monday game plan which includes 15 percent nearly everything its sells — including Apple products — both online and in its stores.

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The two day event kicks off on early Sunday morning and continues through Monday.  No online promo code or in-store coupon will be required.

New this year, Target is expanding the 15 percent off discount to include all gaming consoles, iRobot vacuums, KitchenAid appliances and all Apple products – including iPhone and Apple Watch.

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According to the deal hunting website BfAds.net, Target’s top Cyber Monday deals include:

“Target is building on last year’s record-breaking Cyber Monday event with a truly spectacular two-day offer,” said Mike McNamara, chief information and digital officer of Target. “We’re giving guests a compelling opportunity to save 15 percent across Target’s broad assortment, plus the flexibility to shop the offer for two days in a way that’s most convenient to them – whether they want to shop online or in a store.”

 

Target unveils “10 Days off Deals” Black Friday event

Target on Thursday announced its “10 Days of Deals” sale, which kicks off this weekend and offers Black Friday-like savings on toys, electronics, beauty and other items.

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The sale begins Saturday with 30 percent off toy items.

The deal hunters at the Black Friday website BfAds.net said the discounts are very similar to last year’s 10 Days of Deals sale.

“If you’re shopping in-store you can also stack any of these deals with manufacturer coupons, and possibly Target’s cartwheel app to save even more,” officials with the BfAds.net said. “Remember that sometimes you will find better than Black Friday deals during this sale.”

Here are the complete sale details from Target’s press release:

  • Saturday, Nov. 19: 30 percent off toys. This season, Target is introducing nearly 1,800 new or mass exclusives – an increase of more than 15 percent compared to last holiday season – including popular toys such as Star Wars, Trolls and Our Generation dolls.
  • Sunday, Nov. 20: 10 percent off electronics and entertainment. Guests will find popular products like iPads and iPods, and, new for this year’s promotion, iPhones and Beats.
  • Monday, Nov. 21: 20 percent off kitchen purchases, including Calphalon, Cuisinart, Keurig, KitchenAid, Ninja, OXO and Threshold.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22: 25 percent off beauty. Target’s assortment of more than 15,000 products offers guests the perfect opportunity to stock up and save on brands such as Boots, Burt’s Bees, Chi, Dove, e.l.f., Harry Josh and NYX.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23: Buy one, get one free frozen pizza. Target is bringing back its best pizza deal of the year, offering guests a break from the kitchen leading up to the meal prep on Thanksgiving.
  • Thursday, Nov. 24: Doorbuster deals, featuring Target’s lowest prices ever on some of the hottest gifts and must-have products such as a 50″ Hisense 4K UHD TV, $249.99 (special purchase), Fitbit Charge HR, $89.95 (Reg. $129.95) and Powerbeats 2 Wireless Earphones, $89.99 (Reg. $199.99).
  • Friday, Nov. 25: 30 percent off apparel, accessories and shoes for the family. With the changing of seasons comes a chance to update your look, from head to toe. Target has nearly 3,000 new items for the entire family from popular brands including Cat & Jack and Who What Wear. (Sale in apparel and accessories valid Thursday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 26.)
  • Saturday, Nov. 26: Save $50 when you spend $100 in the Wondershop. New this year, Target has created Wondershop, a destination in stores and online featuring more than 2,000 new festive products for the season.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27 and Monday, Nov. 28: A surprise deal! Next week, Target will be announcing an unprecedented savings opportunity in stores and on Target.com.

 

Black Friday 2016: Target releases Thanksgiving Day sale ad; check out the deals

Target is sticking with Thanksgiving Day hours, and is already offering shoppers early access to some of its Black Friday deals online.

The big box retailer released its Thanksgiving/Black Friday sale advertisement on Wednesday. The ad has also been posted on several Black Friday deals website, including bestblackfriday.com and BfAds.net.

Black Friday line at Target on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.
Black Friday line at Target on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.

Stores are set to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.  According to the ad, Target is already offering early access to some sales items.  Those deals will be available both in stores, using Target’s Cartwheel app, and online.

According to BfAds.net, highlights from the sale ad include:

Hisense 50” Smart 4K HDTV $249.99

Xbox One S 500GB Bundle – Battlefield 1 or Minecraft $249.99 + $40 gift card

PS4 500GB Slim bundle w/Uncharted 4 $249.99 (save $50)

Fitbit Charge HR $89.95 (save $40)

LG 55” 4K UHD $49.99 Doorbuster

Amazon Fire Stick $29.99 (save $10) Doorbuster

Songs Play 1 $149.99 (save $50) Doorbuster

Phantom 3 Drone $39.99 (save $100) Doorbuster

Nikon D3400 Bundle $499.99 (save $500) Doorbuster

iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus $0 down w/free $250 Gift Card

iPad Pro 9.7” $449 (save $150.99)

Apple Watch Series 1 $198

Apple Watch Series 2 $369.99

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite $99.99 (save $20)

Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Edition $99.99

Call of Duty Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition $59.99 (save $20)

Toys: Buy One Get One 50% off – large selection of top items

40% off all Fieldcrest Bedding

 

Black Friday 2016: When will Walmart, Target, Kohl’s & other retailers open on Thanksgiving

Black Friday is just under a month away, but the holiday shopping experts at BestBlackFriday.com have already nailed down when more than 50 national retailers plan to open their doors this year.

Although Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and Best Buy haven’t released their Black Friday hours, BestBlackFriday.com predicts they will all be opened on Thanksgiving.

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Last year, Walmart and Target opened at 6 p.m., while Toys R Us and Best Buy opened at 5 p.m.

Kohl’s hasn’t released its holiday hours either, but The Milwaukee Business Journal reported that a Kohl’s in Glendale, Wisconsin has filed a request with the city to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Kohl’s opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving last year, BestBlackFriday.com said.

Here is BestBlackFriday.com’s complete list of holiday store hours. The website says they have confirmed the opening times with each of the retailers.

Black Friday 2016 Hours:

AAFES – 4 a.m.
Academy Sports + Outdoors – 5 a.m.
AC Moore – 5 a.m. (most stores; restrictions on mall and plaza stores)
Bealls Florida – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to Midnight and 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday
BJ’s Wholesale Club – 7 a.m.
Burlington – 7 a.m.

Chico’s – 7 a.m. or Mall Hours
Costco – 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Normal Hours. Hours May Be Changed by Specific Region/Manager Before Black Friday.)
Crate & Barrel – Hours Vary by Location (Call Your Local Store)

eBay (online) – 12 a.m. and New Deals Every Two Hours
Fossil – Thanksgiving 9 p.m. Overnight Into Black Friday For Most Stores
Fred’s Pharmacy – Regular Hours Thanksgiving and Black Friday (pharmacy closed)
GameStop – 5 a.m.
Gardner-White Furniture – 8 a.m.
Guitar Center – 6 a.m.

Harbor Freight – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Helzberg Diamonds Outlets –  Thanksgiving 10 a.m to 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Black Friday

Helzberg Diamonds Mall Locations – Hours Vary by Location
hhgregg – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Hobby Lobby – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Home Depot – 6 a.m.
HomeGoods – 7 a.m.

Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry – Hours Vary by Location
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Jos. A. Bank – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m
Lowe’s – 6 a.m.
Macy’s –  Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday
Marshalls – 7 a.m. (most stores)
Modell’s –  Thanksgiving 6 p.m. and Black Friday at 6 a.m. (hours vary by state/county)
Navy Exchange 5 a.m. (most stores)

Nordstrom – Hours Vary by Location (Call Your Local Store)

Nordstrom Rack – Hours Vary by Location (Call Your Local Store)
Office Depot and OfficeMax – 6 a.m.
Patagonia – Normal Hours

Petco – 7 a.m. (most stores); the rest at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m.
PetSmart – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Pier 1 Imports – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m (most locations)
Publix – 7 a.m to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. (depending on location)
Raymour & Flanigan – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rite Aid – 7 a.m. (most stores also open Thanksgiving, but hours are unknown)

Sam’s Club – 7 a.m
Shoe Carnival – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to Midnight and 6 a.m. on Black Friday
Sierra Trading Post – 6 a.m.
Staples – 6 a.m.

Stein Mart – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday
The Container Store – Normal Hours

The Original Mattress Factory – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.
T.J. Maxx – 7 a.m. (most stores)
Tractor Supply – 6 a.m.
Von Maur – 9 a.m.

 

 

Black Friday 2016: Target to offer more toys, free shipping and new discounts

National retail giant Target this week unveiled its game plan for the holiday shopping season, saying it will offer an expanded toy selection, free holiday shipping and new discounts this year.

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Beginning in mid-November, Target plans to offer $10 off a $50 purchase for a different product category each week, including grocery, home, apparel and accessories, trim and toys. The promotion is a first for the retailer.

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On Dec. 4, shoppers will receive a 10 percent discount on Target gift card purchases.

In its announcement, Target said it has also expanded its toy selection this year, offering about 15 percent more items than it did in 2015.

Target plans to use its Cartwheel app to offer 50 percent off a different toy item each day between Nov. 1 and Christmas Eve.

“More than 1,800 new or exclusive toys will be available, about 15 percent more than in 2015,” Target said. “Guests will find thousands of Star Wars products, including more than 100 new exclusive options to gift and collect; more than 50 Trolls exclusives; two new Disney Princesses, Elena and Moana; expanded eye, hair and skin tone combinations within the Our Generation doll collection; and 50 exclusive board games, including pop culture hits such as Oregon Trail.”

Target is also bringing back free shipping for the holidays — marking the third year in a row the retailer has waived minimum purchase requirements to ship orders. Target has extended the promotion by a full week this year, waiving the shipping fee for all digital orders between now and Jan. 1.

 

 

Black Friday 2016: Target brings back free holiday shipping, toy catalog leaked

Target is bringing back free shipping for the holidays — marking the third year in a row the retailer has waived minimum purchase requirements to ship orders, according to the Black Friday website BfAds.net.

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The website on Monday leaked a copy of Target’s annual holiday toy catalog, which it said shows the retailer plans to offer free shipping on holiday orders.

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Target has always offered free shipping to customers who use the store’s REDcard to pay for online purchases.  The change would extend those savings to all Target shoppers.

The holiday toy catalog features 738 items. To drive traffic into its stores, BfAds.net said Target plans to use its Cartwheel app to offer 50 percent off a different toy item each day between Nov. 1 and Christmas Eve.

 

Black Friday 2016: When will the Walmart, Macy’s, Target and Best Buy ads be leaked

Black Friday is more than a month away, but deal experts predict the first major shopping advertisement will be leaked long before you polish off your Halloween candy.

The website BestBlackFriday.com predicts Macy’s will be the first major retailer to see its Black Friday advertisement released.  The Macy’s Black Friday ad is expected to be leaked around Oct. 28, according to Phillip Dengler of BestBlackFriday.com.

Black Friday advertisements for four other major retailers – Walmart, Best Buy, Kohl’s and Target – are expected to be released during the first two weeks of November, according to BestBlackFriday.com.

BestBlackFriday.com predicts you’ll see those ads leaked according to this schedule:

Kohl’s – November 7

Target – November 8

Best Buy – November 9

Walmart – November 10

Harbor Freight’s Black Friday ad  was the first to be released this year. The 8-page ad was posted on several Black Friday shopping websites this week.

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“In order to come up with the predictions, we analyzed all of the ad scan leak dates for the stores since 2012,” Dengler said. “We also took into account that Black Friday is a bit earlier this year, so we think everything will be slightly earlier this year.”

Dengler said shoppers can also expect to find more doorbuster deals available on retailers’ websites the night before Thanksgiving.

“We think it is going to be much more common this year for online sales,” Dengler said. “Many of Walmart’s online doorbusters went live last year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and we think stores are going to continue to start earlier.”

Want to save at Target? Here’s how

If you shop at Target, you may want to try some of these money-saving tips during your next visit.

The deal-hunting experts at Bensbargain.com have put together a list of the top items to buy at the big-box retailer. Here are their tips:

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  1. Toys –Especially strong during November / December (the last two holiday seasons they blew all other competition out of the water), but Target has great deals on toys all year long. Look for $10 off $50 toy coupons every couple of months, as well as daily or weekly Cartwheel offers on popular toys (often 40% to 50% off the listed price). Target’s clearance section is also a great place to check, especially at the end of any season (Jan/Feb for winter, August for summer, etc); they usually go up to 70% off during the most aggressive clearance sales.

  2. Groceries –Super Target is becoming more and more competitive with other grocery stores. Internal store brands (Market Panty, Archer Farms, Simply Balanced) are all really reasonably priced and good quality. The deals on groceries become even stronger with many Cartwheel offers on these items. Target also frequently offers general $10 off $50 grocery paper coupons which you don’t see from the main grocery store chains. Combine these with Cartwheel offers for the best deal.

  3. Home Good / Furniture –Particularly aggressive with online sales, Target often offers extra percentage off codes specifically on furniture and other items available in the home decor section. In addition, you can also almost always find a $5 off $50 purchase coupon that stacks with those percentage discount codes. Target’s store brand Threshold has some very nice pieces for a reasonable price (similar to Ikea in style and price). Look for more aggressive discounts on those items, when on sale, compared to third party items.

  4. Video Games and Blu-rays –Target is known for frequently running BOGO Free promos on video games, especially around the holidays, but definitely not exclusively. It’s also common to see Buy 2, Get 1 free games for specific consoles. Same goes for Blu-ray movies, which Target will often include gift cards with. Music, to a lesser extent, will also be on sale. However, digital music is likely a more economical option than physical discs these days.

  5. Household Essentials –There are tons of great deals on items like paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, diapers etc. When you combine Target’s Subscription program with their frequent gift card offers on these types of items; they often give out $5 or $10 gift cards with the purchase of select items. Target’s Up & Up brand is also a great alternative to the more expensive brands, especially for diapers.