COVID Lockdowns Threaten to Derail Retailers’ Biggest Weekend



n Saturday morning, Belita Clover expects to be working at her store, The Octopus and The Fox, just as she’s done on the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year for nearly a decade.

Small Business Saturday is typically one of the busiest days of the year at the small shop that sells locally produced, handmade goods in a bustling Albuquerque, N.M. neighborhood.

But there will be one thing noticeably missing from Clover’s shop this year: shoppers.

Heading into one of the most important shopping weekends of the year, New Mexico’s Democratic governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered most of her state’s retailers to shutter …

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