It’s one of the biggest shopping days on the calendar — a day that, until relatively recently, didn’t mean much to Manitobans.
In 2022, however, Black Friday — once a U.S.-only affair — is big business for local retailers and consumers, marking an unofficial start to the holiday shopping season.
“This really is one of the biggest days in shopping in Manitoba,” said Manitoba Chambers of Commerce president Chuck Davidson.
“It’s something that’s happened over the past 10-15 years. Boxing Day always used to be number one.
“Black Friday was always an American thing, but as more and more retail started happening in Canada, a lot of those reasons that Canadians would go south of the border to go shopping on that day no longer exist there. All the retail that you’re looking for exists in Manitoba.”