Black Friday shopping looking different this year due to the pandemic, didn’t stop people from coming out

SALISBURY, Md.- Black Friday looks a little different this year due to the pandemic, but that didn’t stop people from coming out to snag deals.

“Lines of people outside waiting, the parking lot being filled, great values throughout the store,” Joe Nastase, Boscov’s store manager, said.

“I don’t know why I get up in the morning, but I do for whatever reason I just kind of enjoy getting up, I guess it’s because I’m a bargain shopper,” Steffan Williams, a shopper, said.

For many stores, they were unsure on what shopper turnout would look like because of the pandemic.

But stores, like Boscov’s, Best Buy, Walmart, and Game Stop, in Salisbury, saw lines of shoppers who wanted to get their hands on some hot items.

“I’m out here to get the limited edition PS5, I have not been luckily to get that yet,” Kanias Alston, a shopper, said.

Boscov’s said this year they made sure keeping people safe was a top priority.

“We have the hand sanitizer, we have sanitizers that walk the store all day long wiping down areas that people touch, we have plexi shields between customers and our coworkers,” Nastase said.

And some customers we spoke with on Black Friday said while the stores are doing their part they feel comfortable bracing the possible crowds during the pandemic.

“As long as everybody had their masks on, we’re all going to be fine,” Teshawn Dennard, a shopper, said.

“I don’t think there’s too many people in the stores here, I brought my mask and so feel totally comfortable,” Williams said.

Shopper Steffan Willams said although he chose to get up early he also respects stores who have other options for shoppers who may not feel comfortable shopping in stores this year.

“I appreciate you know a lot of stores that have kind of just done things differently, hybrid with just online, and just others ways of going about it, which has minimized the people in the stores,” Williams said.

All in all, this Black Friday showed that while the pandemic didn’t stop shoppers from searching for a good deal, it did change the way one of the busiest shopping days of the year looked.


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