The sale worth waiting for

Long queues formed outside Robinsons The Heeren as early as 6am yesterday, as eager shoppers awaited the start of the department store's Black Friday sale. The retailer had slashed prices by up to 80 per cent. For the first time since 2014, when it f
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Long queues formed outside Robinsons The Heeren as early as 6am yesterday, as eager shoppers awaited the start of the department store's Black Friday sale.

The retailer had slashed prices by up to 80 per cent. For the first time since 2014, when it first participated in Black Friday, Robinsons brought forward its opening time to 7am instead of the usual 10.30am.

The American tradition has caught on here in recent years.

Black Friday, apparently coined to describe the day retailers turned in profits and went "in the black", is celebrated the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, which falls on the fourth Thursday of November.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2016, with the headline 'The sale worth waiting for'. Print Edition | Subscribe