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Like many establishments, doors are opening at the mall somewhat earlier than normal at 8 a.m.
Last year a significant snowstorm also posed challenges to shoppers and businesses alike, and seemed to have somewhat diminished the number of customers who went out to shop locally on Black Friday.
Bouschet said the snowstorm did impact the mall on Black Friday last year but despite the storm they still saw more shoppers than usual as many shoppers came in later in the day and several stores extended their sales through Saturday.
And Bouschet said several stores are using similar strategies this year. Many stores have increased sales throughout the week to include special pricing on Saturday as well. Bouschet said extending the time sales are available should help with crowds and social distancing as well.
Other establishments are forgoing the event this year, be it because of their own struggles as a result of the economic downturn or lacking confidence in consumer spending at a time when the last stimulus money was distributed months ago.
A notable if imprecise measure of what businesses are doing, the Arizona Daily Sun has only about half of the advertising inserts this Black Friday as businesses purchased last year.
In recent months, several business have closed, or announced they will close. Even big box stores, often making up the bread and butter of Black Friday shopping, have been impacted. Case and point, Bed Bath and Beyond isn’t having specific Black Friday sales because the store already has ongoing clearance sale in advance of the store shuttering its doors.