Black Friday 2015 may still be seven months away, but Shopko has confirmed that all 300 of its stores will be open for Black Friday shoppers on Thanksgiving Day – even the ones in Wisconsin.
But why is Shopko talking about Black Friday in April?
It all has to do with the NFL. The league announced this week that the Green Bay Packers will host their biggest rival, the Chicago Bears, on Thanksgiving night. The game begins at 7:30pm – right smack in the middle of Black Friday shopping’s prime time.
Some enterprising journalist decided to ask Shopko (headquartered in Green Bay) to comment on how the game might affect their plans for Black Friday sales. And shockingly, comment they did, in a statement to local Fox affiliate WLUK.
“While business at our Green Bay and Wisconsin locations may start off slower than normal that evening, as our Wisconsin-based customers root on their hometown team, we expect it will be business as usual for the vast majority of our stores.”