As the holiday shopping season gets into full swing retail groups say they are seeing a “solid shop in your community” message. Bruce Nustad president of the Minnesota Retailers Association says store owners have gotten creative to serve their customers amid COVID-19 concerns:

“A lot of curbside, a lot of delivery, a lot of shipping. And of course, when it comes to in-store we’re actually seeing sort of some hour expansion and the idea being there you sort of spread your customers out a little bit more over a longer day.”

Retail sales in the U.S. grew just .3 percent in October. In a normal year, Nustad says that number would be closer to two percent.