Black Friday 2017: Check out the sales at Target, Best Buy, Kohl’s & more

Thanksgiving is still weeks away but a growing number of retailers have already released their Black Friday sales ads — a shift that is giving bargain hunters a jump start on their gift lists this year.

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.

Boynton Beach– Shoppers rush into Kohl’s Department Store in Boynton Beach as the store opens their doors at midnight Black Friday morning. (Alyssa Orr/The Palm Beach Post)

Whole Foods lowers prices following Amazon acquisition

Amazon on Monday made good on its promise to lower prices on a number of items at Whole Foods following its acquisition on the national grocery chain.

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.

New lower prices at the Whole Foods in West Palm Beach.

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.

 

 

This local resort is having a “flash sale” on rooms, golf packages

PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens will hold  a “flash sale” this week offering discounts of up to 25 percent off rooms and “stay-and-play golf packages.”

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The resort said the deals will be available between for stays between Aug. 28 and May 15, 2018.  The sale starts on Wednesday (Aug. 23).

According to the resort, rooms will be 25 percent off, while stay-and-play golf package rates will be 10 percent off.

To receive the discount, customers must book between 7 a.m.  Wednesday (Aug. 23) and 11:59 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 27). For more information call by calling 855.233.1444 or click here.

This clothing retailer is closing 3 Palm Beach County stores

Children’s clothing retailer Gymboree is closing 3 of its Palm Beach County locations as part of a restructuring effort, according to the company’s website.

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.

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 13: People walk by the children’s clothing retailer Gymboree, which has filed for bankruptcy protection on June 13, 2017 in New York City. As retailers across the country continue to struggle, Gymboree said it plans to remain in business but will close 375 to 450Êof its 1,281 stores while filing for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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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.

Gymboree joins a growing list of retailers and restaurants that have announced closures this year. Macy’sKmart, SearsJCPenney and Bebe have all announced store closures.

More than 40 Outback, Carrabba’s, Bonefish Grill and Flemings restaurants will be closing by the end of the year, the restaurants’ parent company Bloomin’ Brands Inc. announced in February.

Palm Beach County tourism website ranks among best in the world

A new website created to market Palm Beach County as tourist destination ranks among the best in the world, according to Skift, a travel and marketing company.

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.

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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.”

Record number of tourists visited Florida during first half of 2017

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.

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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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.

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“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.”

These stores are set to open this fall at Palm Beach Outlets

Two national retailers will open their doors at the Palm Beach Outlets this fall.

Officials with the outdoor shopping hub announced Thursday that Bath & Body Works and Homegoods, a discount home decor chain, will be opening locations in the coming months.

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The 2,500-square-foot Bath & Body Works store is expected to open in late September and will include a White Barn home fragrance and accessories shop.

The Homegoods store will be located in the space once occupied by Sports Authority.

Sports Authority, which had 35,000-square-feet at the outlets, closed its doors last year after filing for bankruptcy.

The outlet mall has over 100 stores.

This national company is hiring in South Florida

AT&T said Monday it plans to fill nearly 60 retail and call center jobs in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The open positions are for call center sales representatives and retail sales consultants.

Retail sales jobs are at stores across South Florida, including Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Delray Beach.

The call center jobs are based at facilities in Sunrise and Miami.

To apply for one of the jobs, go to att.jobs.

Gander Mountain to lay off all employees at Palm Beach Gardens store

Gander Mountain, an outdoor clothing and gear retailer, announced Thursday it plans to lay off all 59 employees at its Palm Beach Gardens store as part of its bankruptcy and sale to Camping World. 

A going out of business sale continues at the Gander Mountain store off of Northlake Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens on June 2, 2017. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

In a June 27 letter filed with the state and required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the company said the Palm Beach Gardens location is one of two Florida stores that will be closed as part of the sale. All 60 employees at Gander Mountain’s store in Lake Mary will also be laid off, the letter said.

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Employees at both locations will be laid off on Aug. 30, “or shortly thereafter, upon closing of these two stores,” the company said in its letter.

Gander Mountain filed for bankruptcy in March, and was bought by Camping World and a group of liquidators at a bankruptcy auction in late April.

In June, Camping World said it planned to reopen 57 of the stores “under the new Gander Outdoors and Overton’s brand” if it can work out acceptable lease terms with the landlords of those properties.

The Palm Beach Gardens location is not on the list of stores slated to reopen.

 

 

Miami Heat star, partner to open eateries at Brightline station

Miami Heat basketball star Udonis Haslem has teamed up with a South Florida business leader to bring an Einstein Bros. Bagels and Starbucks coffee shop to Brightline’s MiamiCentral train station in downtown Miami.

The Miami Heat’s, from left, Willie Reed, Goran Dragic and Udonis Haslem celebrate 110-102 win against the Washington Wizards at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS)

JFC Miami, a South Florida-based food and beverage operator run by Haslem and Managing Partner Ramona D. Hall, will open the bagel shop and coffee spot, Brightline announced Thursday.

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“We are delighted to have JFC Miami join MiamiCentral with Udonis Haslem and Ramona D. Hall as a part of our team,” said Daniel Quintana, vice president of development for Florida East Coast Industries, Brightline’s parent company. “MiamiCentral is the new epicenter of Miami, home to Brightline and leading companies Ernst & Young and Cisneros, Miami’s first true food hall experience, Central Fare, and at the crossroads of Metromover, Metrorail and the future Tri-Rail expansion into downtown.”

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MiamiCentral is an 11-acre train station and mixed-use development spanning six city blocks. In addition to the Brightline station, the project includes 300,000-square-feet of office space, 180,000-square-feet of retail and dining space, and 800 residential rental units.