Buffalo in the ’80s: What Black Friday looked like at K-Mart in 1986

By Steve Cichon

This is what Black Friday 1986 looked like at the K-Mart store on Ridge Road in Lackawanna.

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Discounted televisions and VCRs got people lined up nice and early on the day after Thanksgiving 29 years ago, when this store was one of the first to open its doors that morning. The signs on the door clearly state the store would be opening much earlier than usual: at 7 a.m.

The signs also promote Breakfast with Santa. The kids’ pancake breakfast was $1.19; adults paid $1.69.

This K-Mart location, which closed in 1999, is now home to Global Concepts Charter School.


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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.