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Customers shop on Saturday, November 21, at Zandbroz Variety in Sioux Falls. (Photo: Erin Bormett / Argus Leader)

Downtown streets won’t be crowded with shoppers Saturday, full on leftover Thanksgiving turkey and running off Black Friday caffeine.

This Small Business Saturday, local businesses are finding ways to meet customers outside the shop — with curbside pickup or delivery options available in addition to in-store shopping, hoping to curb the number of in-person patrons.

Small businesses are taking whatever steps they can to meet customers where they are, and it’s more important than ever as businesses are still catching up after months of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Businesses’ existence is in the balance,” said Jeff Griffin, CEO of the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a life and death situation whether that business is going to survive or not. That’s the reality of it.”

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