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Black Friday shopping will look different this year. Here’s what to expect in SoCal

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LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Black Friday hotspots in Southern California like Target, Best Buy and Walmart aren’t open on Thanksgiving — a seemingly new tradition that started during the pandemic and that many malls have adopted.

Before the pandemic, the Glendale Galleria opened to shoppers at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. But since 2020 they have given employees the day off.

“It’s still a great tradition for us and for the industry as a whole, but I think we’re doing it in a smarter way,” said Steven Sayers, Glendale Galleria’s general manager.

And for many retailers, Black Friday deals have expanded throughout the week and online.

According to the National Retail Federation, 166 million people are expected to shop between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber ​​Monday.

But Black Friday is still said to be the busiest day of the weekend.

“I really appreciate going to the store and I really don’t want people to lose their business,” said Burbank’s Angelina Badalian.

So are people ready to get off their couch and do their Christmas shopping?

“People will still spend, they want to go out and enjoy Black Friday, enjoy the holidays, shop with their families, and have that real personal experience,” Sayers said.

Sayers says he sees a new shopping trend loved by Millennials and Gen Z, which is to shop online and pick up your items in-store.

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