ABC News reports the protesters spent a few minutes in each store shouting lines like “Hands up, don’t shoot!” and “Shut it down!” while walking through the aisles. Demonstrators were reported to have visited a number of Wal-Mart and Target stores in the area.
Demonstrations in the Ferguson and St. Louis areas erupted earlier in the week following the announcement that a grand jury had declined to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a black teenager.
A few of those demonstrations turned violent as protesters torched about a dozen storefronts and others clashed with police.
But the streets had fallen mostly quiet by Wednesday and Thursday, according to Reuters.
Thursday night there were no police or National Guard troops standing guard outside the Ferguson police station, which had previously been a focal point for demonstrations.
The St. Louis County Police reported early Friday morning that no arrests had been made overnight.
Those who were still protesting decided to take their message to the retail stores, where they knew they would find crowds to hear their message.