A different Black Friday

Meghan Flynn
Shoppers make their way between stores at Schulman Crossing while looking for deals during a past Black Friday.

COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into a lot of things this year, in particular the shopping scene.

Myca Bunch, president of the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce said the question of what Black Friday shopping will look like this year is a question on everyone’s mind, and no one knows what it will look like.

Bunch hopes people do opt to go out shopping, but if they do so, she hopes they do so in a manner that will keep themselves and others safe.

“It's so vitally important that we keep these businesses open and that's going to take everyone working together to make sure that we adhere to the social distancing protocols and wear a mask if you can,” she said. “It takes all of us to keep our business doors open.”

A survey was just conducted on Chamber members and one of the questions asked was if they are currently doing anything in their businesses that “encourages social distancing and encourage shoppers to be safe?”

The majority of them are, Bunch said. Whether it be limiting the number of customers in the store or using Plexiglas barrier, there’s a variety of things stores are doing.

“The good thing is I think most of our businesses are doing something, because they too understand that it's so important to keep them safe, to keep their customers safe,” she said. “That's the best way that we can keep our economy open and moving right along, is everyone to do their part.”

Many businesses are also utilizing online shopping, curb-side pick-up, etc., Bunch said.

“Back in March or April a lot of the different local businesses did start offering curbside pick-up, and for the most part they all still are,” she said. “That's a really great advantage or opportunity for consumers to be able to take advantage of that.”

Black Friday is important this year, Bunch said.

“The reason it's called Black Friday is usually when the retail industry goes over into the black side and becomes profitable,” she said. “I think this year more than any other year we should promote and help support our local businesses in any way, shape or form that we can.”