TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- For many stores, black Friday crowds were smaller than usual.
"There was a line outside of our Barnes Crossing store when we first opened this morning," said Jack Reed Jr.
However, at the downtown location, customers trickled in and out.
Chairman of Reed's clothing company Jack Reed Jr said he expected black Friday to be slower than the previous weeks.
"We're expecting, honestly, a good Christmas business. It's just not going to be as lumped into this weekend," said Reed.
Reed said because of the pandemic they rolled out black Friday sales early to give customers more time to shop for the holidays.
Reed adding that by doing this, customers could feel safer without feeling the need to pack the stores the day after thanksgiving.
"We're insisting on masks for customers and our staff for a sign of mutual respect," said Reed.
Reed added that the size of his store allows more customers to safely shop at one time.
"We're fortunate enough to have a big enough store that we can have plenty of people in still be safe," said Reed.
However, local boutique LA Green is a bit smaller.
The manager, who did not want to go on camera, stated, for the holiday shopping season, they are trying to manage less than ten people in the store at once to ensure safety.