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Pandemic impacts shopping patterns for the holidays

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A new survey shows small gift-giving budgets and a craving for contactless shopping.

The new report is from Deloitte says more consumers plan to shop online than in the store. Ninety-five percent of those who plan to shop this week will do so online.

Shoppers plan to spend an average of $1,300 per household, which is down 7% from years past. Plus, there’s a big push to cut back on in-store visits due to COVID-19. That’s why contactless solutions are important in 2020 and curbside pickup orders have more than doubled.

All Simon Malls are following CDC guidelines, as well as direction from state and local governments. Early holiday savings have already started and shoppers can visit the centers in-person, select curbside pickup or pick-up in store.

A big draw to head to the mall on Black Friday is to see Santa. Simon is recommending advanced reservations and this year it will be a socially-distanced experience. Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks during the whole visit. Guests are required to wear masks as well. Simon made the decision to not open any locations on Thanksgiving Day. CEO David Simon says it’s best to be with loved ones during these challenging times. If you do plan to shop on Black Friday, hours are different at surrounding malls.

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Circle Centre Mall downtown plans to open at 11 a.m. Friday morning. Greenwood Park Mall, Castleton Square Mall and Hamilton Town Center all plan to open early at 6 a.m. The Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing will open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.

Cyber Monday is right around the corner and shoppers say that’s an easier way to get gifts for the holidays. No crowds, free shipping, 24-hour availability and of course, being in the comfort of your own home.

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