Buildings on the eastern side of Main Street near the Miami Street intersection in Waynesville, Ohio, United States. This block is part of the Waynesville Main Street Historic District, a historic district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Shoppers are out in full force for Black Friday, traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year. And there are plenty of options when it comes to buying holiday gifts. Retail giants like Walmart and Target specialize in high volume, low priced goods that will draw shoppers in to their stores, but the holiday shopping season is one that many small, locally-owned shops depend on for survival.
The holiday shopping forecast for the state of Ohio is better than last year’s, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, but the Dayton-area forecast is the worst in the state.
This holiday season Ohio retailers are looking at a 3.5 percent increase in sales compared to 2012. That estimate, produced by the Economics Center for the Ohio retail group “Focus On Ohio’s Future,” lags behind the national forecast of 3.9 percent. And it lags behind the same estimate last year, when Ohio retailers predicted a 4.2 percent increase from 2011.
Workers march to deliver "strike papers" to Walmart officials.
Workers at a Walmart store in Dayton staged a one-day strike Monday to protest what they say are violations of their rights. Some employees of the company are accusing the retail giant of retaliating against them for speaking out about wages and hours.
Labor groups and city and state legislators joined Walmart employees in a crowd of about 70 outside the York Commons Shopping Center in Dayton.
Scott Stringer has been a Walmart employee for five years.
The day after Thanksgiving has traditionally been the start of the holiday shopping season. But this year, many retailers plan to open their doors with special sales on Thanksgiving itself. One Democratic State lawmaker says mandating employees work on that day is not right. Democrat Mike Foley explains he is introducing a bill that would require employers to pay much more to workers who work during that time.