Black Friday shopping will look different in South Louisiana this year. Chalk it up to the coronavirus pandemic.
Many retailers began offering deals earlier, but all shopping centers will be closed on Thanksgiving. Shoppers should prepare to see more hand sanitizer stations and reminders to wear their masks. And more stores will offer curbside pickup.
One thing will remain the same as in years past: Some retailers are still offering in-store deals the day after Thanksgiving, which is the traditional kickoff of the holiday shopping season.
Here are the Black Friday hours for shopping centers and malls across the region. Masks are required in all stores as part of Louisiana’s mask mandate.
Acadiana Mall, 5725 Johnston St., Lafayette.
The mall will be closed for Thanksgiving. It will open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday and close at 10 p.m.
Northgate Mall, 1800 NE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette.
The mall will be closed for Thanksgiving. It will have its regular hours on Black Friday, opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m.
Walmart began rolling out Black Friday deals Nov. 4. The last round of deals starts online Wednesday at 6 p.m. On Black Friday, deals start at 5 a.m. in stores.
Walmart also is offering free curbside pickup for its online Black Friday orders.
Best Buy is doing Black Friday deals all season and will offer one-hour curbside pickup. Stores will be closed Thanksgiving but you can place orders online. Most stores open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
Target stores will be closed on Thanksgiving and will open at their regular time of 7 a.m. on Black Friday.
Target is not opening early for Black Friday, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Target's CEO said they are trying to minimize "event-day shopping behavior that is typical for this time of year," according to the story.
As an alternative, Target started its Black Friday deals in early November. The retailer also is doubling its number of dedicated spots for curbside pickup across the country.
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