Game, Shoprite and Woolworths launching Black Friday 2022 deals – what to expect

 ·24 Oct 2022

With a month to go before Black Friday 2022, retailers in South Africa are gearing up for a bumper weekend, kicking off the festive shopping season.

Black Friday 2022 takes place on 25 November – payday for many – and follows a period where lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic, kept crowds away and spending muted.

Retailers anticipate a ‘return to normal’ for the massive shopping period and, with it, great deals.

Black Friday deals and specials are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, but major retailers like Game, Shoprite and Woolworths are already letting slip what shoppers can expect on the day.

Game stores said that after two consecutive years of month-long ‘Black November’ deals, due to the Covid pandemic, the group is returning to its one-day Black Friday sale and bringing back midnight openings in 2022.

The group said that consumer habits have begun to return to normal after Covid-19, and as such, the retailer will open most of its 108 stores across the country from 00h00 on Friday, 25 November, and extend operating hours to 200h00 to give shoppers time to get their hands on the deals.

“Following the success of our inaugural Halfway Day sale in July, it has become clear to us that the South African consumer is ready to return to one-day sales.

“As South Africa’s most Googled retailer for Black Friday for the past three years, this is an important day for our business and our consumers – as they look to find the best possible deals on the items they need and want,” the group said.

Game said it will have an assortment of products available at heavily discounted prices across its categories, but shoppers can expect major deals on electronics, appliances, homeware, DIY and outdoor this year.

In line with its growing e-commerce offering, the retailer is also offering its largest-ever online range for Black Friday, giving those consumers who prefer to shop from home more choice – with free delivery on all online orders over R450 made between 00:01 and 23:59 on Friday, 25 November.

The group said that all shoppers are guaranteed the best price in the market on any items bought at Game this year, as the retailer’s Price Beat Promise is valid on all Black Friday deals, in-store and online.

“These are some of the best deals we’ve had for Black Friday yet. We’ve also been able to plan better than we ever have without external market interference. Our stock is here, our prices are here, and now we are looking forward to welcoming customers to what we believe is our biggest Black Friday yet,” it said.

Shoprite

South Africa’s biggest retailer, Shoprite said it will run Black Friday deals this year.

“Recognising the financial pressures of its customers and the continued rising cost of inflation, extensive planning is done months in advance to ensure customers receive the very best Black Friday experience,” it said.

Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets are well prepared for the upcoming season and have brought in millions of products to give customers a variety of options to consider – including much-needed commodities.

Black Friday marks the start of the festive season for the Shoprite Group, and the following weeks leading to Christmas are an important trading period in the retail industry.

“Details about this year’s deep-cut Black Friday details will be shared in due course,” it said.

Woolworths and Zando

Woolworths has confirmed that it will run Black Friday deals next month, having already launched ‘early deals’ and additional savings for its WRewards members.

In the lead-up to Black Friday, Woolworths is running its weekly specials, starting with 25% off beauty products and 20% off design and bedding items until the end of the month. Savings are boosted to 30% for rewards customers.

Further deals are expected to launch in the weeks to come, with Black Friday specials running on the day.

Online fashion retailer Zando has followed a similar path and also unlocked early deals, running sales from 21 October to 18 November, with big deals launching on the day of Black Friday.

Zando’s sales are between 20% off up to 70% off select items.


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