December 8, 2021

Black Friday 2021: Pre-pandemic trend of Thanksgiving Day store openings comes to an end

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) — The vacation music was loud and festive at Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza, however taking part in to nobody, as it appears that evidently controversial trend of shops opening on Thanksgiving day has come to an end.

“I kind of like it,” stated Hadi Rismanchi as he and his household rode their bikes by means of the mostly-deserted plaza. “It’s not about shopping, Thanksgiving. It’s about family, getting together and just celebrating.”

Maybe accelerated by the large shift to on-line procuring throughout the pandemic, nationwide retailers like Macy’s and Outdated Navy have halted what had been the creep of Black Friday into Thanksgiving Day.

Goal says it’s going to preserve shops closed on Thanksgiving Day for good.

Most shops are returning to what used to be conventional, a 5 a.m. begin on Friday.

One exception is Recreation Cease in Nice Hill, the place a few dozen individuals lined up in anticipation of Thursday’s 5 p.m. opening.

“I’m here for the PS5,” stated Cashmeir Thomas, who stated Black Friday procuring is an annual ritual for her. “Because the prices are a little bit more doable and not a lot of other places open to get what you need, electronics, games, all that.”

Greenback Tree was one of the few different shops we discovered open this Thanksgiving Day.

In addition to good offers, customers will even discover additional safety this Black Friday within the wake of a collection of brazen, smash-and-grab robberies within the Bay Space, together with at Walnut Creek’s Nordstrom store final weekend.

“It actually made it to the news in the UK that the Nordstrom store was broken into and looted,” stated British vacationer Mike Emberson, “which was quite a shock for my partner because she just moved here the week it happened.”

Now, the primary avenue at Broadway Plaza is blocked off with brilliant orange barricades, and a beefed up police and personal safety presence, including a bit of ominous to what’s supposed to be a festive time of yr.

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