Dothan Best Buy prepares for Black Friday, pandemic style

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Although Black Friday has not officially started, Dothan’s Best Buy is preparing for one of its busiest days of the year.

“My actual hope is to have everybody come through be super happy that they got help and was done with 100% safety in mind,” Best Buy General Manager Kerry Gould said.

Of course, COVID-19 has changed the way the store is going to handle the influx of customers. One of those changes is safety precautions.

“We’re going to be worried about their safety first,” Gould said. “We’re going to be bringing people in in small groups. Very similar to last year but we’re going to have a little bit smaller groups so we can make sure we have social distancing and we can keep it clean.”

Another thing similar to last year? This year’s hot item.

“I think TV’s are going to be big again this year,” Gould told WDHN.

But other tech items often used at home have also grown in popularity.

“Computers and peripherals,” Gould explained. “Anything that people normally use at home like monitors and printers, we’ve definitely seen an increase and demand in those.”

For customers planning to shop in-person, Gould offers this advice:

“Everybody is going to want to get served quickly. With the new CDC protocols, we’re trying to follow, it does slow things down a little bit. We’re working as fast as we can to make sure we’re serving everybody and that goes for every retailer in town right now.”

Oftentimes, Black Friday sales indicate whether the upcoming Christmas season will be successful.

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