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Black Friday draws smaller crowds this year

Black friday shoppers at Kohl's
Posted at 1:04 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 14:04:03-05

GREEN BAY (NBC26) — Many stores that normally draw large crowds on Black Friday, like Kohl's, have been running Black Friday sales since last Sunday. This was an effort to curb crowds, said Kim Deborde, Manager of Kohl's Green Bay West.

“Obviously this year, we’ve taken a lot more precautions for the health and safety of our customers as well as our associates," she said.

Some black friday shoppers, like Marge Vande Hei needed an excuse to get out of the house.

“I’m getting bored," she said. "I cleaned every closet twice. So yeah I’m just bored and I didn’t think they’d be too busy being that covid’s here and everything so I thought it’d be a safe time to go.”

Shoppers said they felt safe in the store.

“I’m going to social distance, I have my mask on," said Vande Hei. "What people don’t do, I just stay away from.”

It wasn’t the usual Black Friday chaos, said Betty Riddle.

“Everyone’s happy, shoppers and that," she said. I"t’s not, doesn’t take long to check out.”

Deborde does miss the annual craziness, she said, but the way things went Friday saves her a lot of stress.

“As retailers, we all look forward to Black Friday every single year," she said. "It’s the great hustle and bustle lots of crowds and it just you know the amount of people we see having fun in the store environment is great.”