Walmart Taming Black Friday.
We are getting very close to the holiday seasons - thanksgiving next month, Christmas right around the corner. From the casual shopper to the seasoned veteran, Black Friday is a two-word blessing or nightmare. The crowds in the past have been crazy, lining up early to get the best deals possible on the day after turkey day. This year will be quite different, again due to the coronavirus. There will be no huge throngs of sale hunters chomping at the bits to barge through store doors - KFYR reports that Walmart says it will spread out its traditional one-day Black Friday deals over three weekends in November in an effort to reduce crowds in its stores during a pandemic. The nation's largest retail store also said today that more of their huge deals will be reserved for online, to help keep customers away from their stores. I'm quite sure this won't deter people from doing what they love to do the best.
Walmart is keeping a close eye on just how many customers will be in its stores, saying that they will go back to limiting the number of patrons inside to 20% of their capacity during the upcoming big sales. The three Black Friday events will open at 5:00 am, there they will form a single line to enter the store, and workers will be present to pass out sanitized shopping carts to the shoppers.
The virus has obviously taken some of the steam out of the past mad rush to the stores, which is why the almost unthinkable is happening - Walmart will not open their doors this Thanksgiving day. For more on this story click here.