By Ashley Yarchin
Chesterfield (KSDK) - Big changes for Black Friday have caused a bit of fighting out in Chesterfield, and it all happened after the city council voted to extend shopping hours to go around the clock.
It used to be that the stores would have to close at 11 p.m. Thursday and could only reopen after 6 a.m. But now they can stay open all night long. That's thanks to a six-to-one vote taken by the council Monday night.
Those who backed the proposal said they this was all part of being proactive and truly making Chesterfield a shopping destination. Don't forget, that two huge outlet malls are set to open there next summer and fall.
The councilwoman who tried to strike it down argues that her ward, which includes Chesterfield Commons, doesn't need the extra noise or traffic.
As for the shoppers, reaction was mixed.
"I think it's fine. If people are willing to go out and spend money, I think it's great for our economy. It's great that they're able to go when they want to go, and everybody can go during regular hours," said one woman.
"I just don't think it's necessary to have 24 hours of shopping. You have enough hours in the daytime. You have until nine, 10 o'clock at night to get it in and after that just be done with it. You know, there's another day," added another shopper.
So, now allowed stay open all night after Thanksgiving dinner are Best Buy, Walmart and Target as well as Chesterfield Commons, Four Seasons Plaza and Clarkson Center.
By the way, those outlet malls will also get the allowance next year once they open.