Black Friday hits the Bricks

Published: Nov. 27, 2020 at 8:14 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -The “Bricks,” also known as downtown North Platte, was bustling with holiday shoppers supporting local businesses.

This year, Black Friday looked a little different for various shops and boutiques, but the spirit of sales remained the same. Many businesses took different approaches to combat the crowds by offering deals during various time blocks, adding sanitation stations and disinfecting the store between groups.

“From the previous year, with everything going right now on we wanted to provide a safe environment for our community,” said Just Right Boutique Business Owner Heather Frederick. “We know people look forward to this time of year coming out and shopping. To some it is getting the best deal, to others it just an event they plan with their family.”

Compared to previous years, shop owners were pleased with the turn out to kick off the holiday shopping season.

“We are excited people are shopping on the bricks. Canteen district coming alive,” said the owner of CR Rustic Robert Derbyshire.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some businesses experienced a decline in foot traffic which translated into a decrease in sales.

“The community is acknowledging it. They know what we are going through they want to help us. Scratch our backs. They are good about giving all the small businesses love,” Manager of Bow and Arrow Boutique Adelynn Nielsen.

Many businesses shared deals online as well as in-store to provide opportunities for everyone to shop local.

“We are all going to go above and beyond what it takes to bring our community together,” said Frederick.

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