HOUSTON, TX– It’s Black Friday today! But many are noticing a slight difference at local stores this year than any year before.
What once was massive crowds wrapped around the building have now transitioned into empty parking lots this morning.
Experts say only a handful of people shopped in store this year, while others opted for online Black Friday deals.
In-person shopping for Black Friday had already been declining as online shopping popularity grew but now due to the pandemic numbers have accelerated even more.
Many retailers this year started Black Friday deals both online and in-store last month, aiming to draw in more customers over time.
If you plan on shopping for Black Friday, bring your mask and stay apart from others as much as possible. If you pull up to a store and see big crowds, experts suggest coming back later or shopping online.