ONE of Bathurst's newest retailers has praised the city's inaugural Black Friday sales initiative as a success.
Cheap As Chips signed up to take part in the seven-day Black Friday initiative - supported by Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst Business Hub and Western Advocate - and store manager Jamie Peters thought was a great idea.
"Anything that can help any business in town at this stage is a good thing," he said.
"...with the current environment with what's going on all over the world to have a promotion like this that pushes people to get out and using the local stores and local businesses in town and keep the money in town is a great idea."
The initiative ran from November 23 to November 30.
Building on the success of Black Friday sales across the globe, the Bathurst initiative was created by to encourage locals to support local businesses rather than venturing to Sydney or ordering from overseas.
With Cheap As Chips only opening in Bathurst just over a month ago, Mr Peters said participating in the Black Friday sale really helped the store kick start it's presence in the community.
"It's been received very well, the online sales were great, the click and collects were great and we had some great specials throughout the store," he said.
"Customers have really jumped on board with it and we've been really, really pleased with the result.
"It definitely made a difference and I'm sure we'll do it again."
Since opening on October 16, Cheap As Chips staff have been very busy unpacking pallets and organising the store.
After the Black Friday sale ends the shop has selected stock on sale coinciding with the Bathurst 1000, followed by Christmas and then Boxing Day sales.
Mr Peters said they have been "flat out" but are very thankful to the community for welcoming the store so warmly.
"The customer feedback has been brilliant, they love the store, the lines that we stock and the range," he said.
"It's been nothing but positive from the community and nothing but positive from us the team.
"A big thank you to the local community for welcoming Cheap As Chips to town and I'm sure we'll be running for many years to come and I look forward to serving everybody in town."
The Black Friday sale initiative is expected to become an annual event for Bathurst retailers.
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