Different Look for Black Friday Shopping This Year

Published: Nov. 27, 2020 at 7:47 PM EST
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - 2020 has been far from typical. The same can be said for Black Friday.

At Walmart in Presque Isle, Black Friday shopping had a different look this year.

“2019 was a lot crazier… everyone lines around the building. Then this year there was 20 people in our line.”

When Walmart opened its doors at 5:00 a.m., employees say there were about 50 people in line. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Walmart spread deals out over a three-week span in order to promote social distancing and to help reduce congestion. Masks were required for everyone inside the store. Walmart had employees at entrances to greet customers and remind them to wear a mask.

“Not everyone is crammed in all at once, you’re keeping your distance, and it was just a lot quieter usually than it is.”

I figured it wouldn’t be as busy since they’ve been doing it for a while.”

In a statement prior to Black Friday, Chief Merchandising Officer for Walmart, Scott McCall says, “By spreading deals out across multiple days we expect the Black Friday experience in our stores will be safer and more manageable for both our customers and our associates.”

Among the shoppers early Friday morning was 13-year-old Damien Dumont. This was his first-time shopping on Black Friday… and he had a word of advice for other first-time deal seekers.

“Make sure to go back to bed.”

And for those that didn’t venture out today, retailers say you can still find deals on Cyber Monday.

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