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‘Bleak Friday’ for Stores as Pandemic Pushes Holiday Shopping Online

The 2020 edition of Black Friday did not offer the usual scenes of bustling stores and shoppers lined up outside discount chains and electronics retailers. Instead, most people bought online, if they bought at all.

Crowds at malls and city shopping districts were relatively sparse over the holiday weekend in the face of rising coronavirus cases and warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid large groups. Major chains closed on Thanksgiving, after years of being open that day. And many Americans did their shopping before the weekend even began, drawn by sales that began in October.

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Little Village Discount Mall sales dip as COVID-19 pushes holiday shopping online

The Discount Mall brings only happy memories to Jonathan Escalante.

He used to dive in and out of the small shops to examine the toys or try on a cowboy hat two times his size. Back then, the 19-year-old said, the mini-mall was the most crowded place he’d ever been.

“I remember we went shopping for Christmas when I was really young and it was so full, like everyone was rubbing shoulders,” Escalante said, standing inside the mall earlier this month.

“I lost my parents so fast because I kept wandering off and it was scary for a minute before

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Pandemic pushes start of holiday shopping earlier than ever

Pandemic pushes start of holiday shopping earlier than ever
Holiday knick-knacks stand are displayed for Christmas shoppers Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at a Lowes store in Northglenn, Colo. Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are kicking off the holiday season earlier than ever this year in hopes of avoiding big in-store crowds and shipping bottlenecks in November and December. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers are kicking off the holiday season earlier than ever this year in hopes of avoiding big in-store crowds and

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