Although the internet attracts a lot of shopping dollars today, there was a time when a few blocks of Philadelphia’s Market Street were like the Mt. Everest of merchandizing.
Black Friday has become a major marketing tool used by retailers nationwide, but the term originated right here in Philadelphia. And it wasn’t because businesses finally showed a profit.
In Philadelphia, when you thought of Toyland and the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Gimbels was the department store that lured you to Market Street.