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A Black Friday shopper navigates a sea of parked cars Friday morning, while carrying a kitchen playset after leaving Kohl’s.

A Black Friday shopper navigates a sea of parked cars Friday morning, while carrying a kitchen playset after leaving Kohl’s.

For local shoppers, retailers and restaurants, Black Friday was a little different this year.

Panera on Missouri Boulevard opened three hours later than it usually does on Black Friday, 6 a.m. instead of 3 a.m.

Store general manager Elizabeth Johnson said the later opening was because of Thanksgiving day sales at several retailers.

“Even this morning, we aren’t slammed like we usually are on Black Friday,” Johnson said Friday morning. “It’s been steady with a lot of shoppers and regulars, but we’re hoping people go home, sleep a little and then come back for lunch.”

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