Black Friday holiday shopping in Metro Detroit toned down amid pandemic

Shopping malls focus on safety over deals as virus spreads

Black Friday holiday shopping in Metro Detroit toned down amid pandemic
Black Friday holiday shopping in Metro Detroit toned down amid pandemic

Traditional Black Friday holiday shopping looks a little different this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Several large retailers have been rolling out Black Friday deals online over the last month instead of waiting for the day after Thanksgiving.

Still, malls like the Somerset Collection in Troy and Twelve Oaks in Novi are getting a decent amount of shoppers this Friday -- but their main priority is on safety rather than deals, as COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly across Michigan in recent weeks.

Watch Hank Winchester’s full report in the video player above.


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Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.