When you hear “Black Friday” you probably think of massive crowd’s piling into a Best Buy Super Store to get the cheap electronics, or people being trampled at a Wal-Mart for the new big toy. Well Wrangell doesn’t have either of those places, but it does have local retailers who every year kick off the day after Thanksgiving with sales and deals.

Retailer Ernie Christian says Ottesen’s True Value store began advertising their store sales early in November and says Ottesen’s had a good turnout of shoppers on Friday. Same goes for Angerman’s Inc. down the street.

“Every dollar that is spent in Wrangell circulates many times over, we really appreciate our customers.” That’s Local Business owner Jeff Angerman. Angerman says competing with online shopping is a reality for many businesses in Wrangell, but says he’s fortunate to have loyal and dedicated customers.

“There are a lot of people out today, and everyone knows about "Black Friday." So I would say it’s been a very good day, considering how the weather has been and the road situation,” he says.

The road in front of Angerman’s store is now paved and open for public parking. Last minute work on the Downtown Revitalization project is scheduled for this week before the winter shutdown begins. Angerman’s says the road will be open for “Midnight Madness” shopping event on Friday. This comes as a relief to shopper Leslie Cummings.

“I’m very happy with the road situation that we can get to our stores without going through a detour, taking your life into your hands. I’m just enjoying being home in Wrangell,” she says.

Coming up on Friday, December 2nd is “Midnight Madness” in Wrangell. All of the stores will be open until 10 p.m., as well as the Tree Lighting Ceremony downtown starting at 6 p.m.

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