Carilion offers shelter for visitors

Carilion Logo2Carilion Volunteer Services is giving families of patients a place to rest this holiday season. WFIR’s Alexis Manley has the story:

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Mill Mountain Theatre about to get an upgrade

Mill Mountain TheaterIt should be easier to hear and see the plays at Mill Mountain Theatre by next spring … courtesy of a technology upgrade. WFIR’s Gene Marrano explains:

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Virginia ABC stores offer their own “Black Friday” discounts not seen any other day of the year

Alcoholic Beveridge Control (ABC)Virginia’s state-owned liquor stores are getting in on today’s “Black Friday” action, offering a 10% storewide discount for purchases that total at least $50 — taxes and gift cards not included. ABC officials say many people use this day to purchase more premium brands or stock up for holiday get-togethers. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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More and more retailers opening on Thanksgiving

wfir-linkUNDATED (AP) _ Millions of Americans have settled into a new tradition: gobble up turkey and then go shopping. Just a few years ago when a few stores started opened late on the holiday, the move was met with resistance from workers and shoppers who believed the day should be sacred. Last year, more than a dozen major retailers opened at some point on Thanksgiving evening. And this year, at least half of them _ including Target, Macy’s, Staples and J.C. Penney _ opened earlier in the evening on the holiday. The Thanksgiving openings are one way retailers are trying to compete for Americans’ holiday dollars. It used to be that the day after Thanksgiving _ known as Black Friday _ was when they’d focus their sales promotions. But increasingly, they’ve been pushing those promotions earlier and earlier _ and eventually into the holiday itself. Bill Martin, co-founder of ShopperTrak, which tracks data at 70,000 stores globally, is expecting a sales increase of 3 percent to 5 percent to $2.57 billion to $2.62 billion on Thanksgiving.

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