Shopping coverage

Although some stores are already offering Black Friday deals online, the real shopping fun is just a day away when Akron-area retailers throw open their doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving night.

The Beacon Journal plans to cover all the shopping hoopla. Our coverage includes:

Today: Police reporter Phil Trexler talks to area police departments about efforts to ensure a safe and orderly Black Friday.

Thursday: Columnist Betty Lin-Fisher offers shopping tips and pitfalls to avoid in the shopping aisles as readers pore over the stack of retailer ads in Thursdays Akron Beacon Journal.

Friday: Business reporter Jim Mackinnon braves the crowds and checks out the progress of bargain shoppers on Thanksgiving.

Saturday: We look at how the start of the holiday shopping season stacked up both locally and nationally.