While just about everyone’s gifts should be bought and handed out, it doesn’t mean stores are clear of the holiday rush.
According to the National Retail Federation, nearly seven in 10 holiday shoppers plan to continue shopping after Christmas. About 51 percent of them will do so by taking advantage of holiday sales and 27 percent will do so to use the gift cards they received.
MasterCard’s’s recently released data states that retail stores are having the best holiday shopping season in six years. In the U.S., sales from November 1 to December 24 were up 5.1 percent to more than $850 billion. Local shop owners we talked to felt it.
“Our store is doing great this year, we’ve had a pretty strong holiday season and I’m happy with it,” said Stephen Goldwater, president of Emporium Western Store.
Goldwater also encourages everyone to divert from big box stores and check out the local mom and pop shops.
“Every $100 spent in a local store, $44 stays here in our community circulating around,” said Goldwater. “If it’s an out of town store, a chain store like a Kohl’s, it’s $14 that stays here.”
Whether you’re returning a gift or simply treating yourself, many big-box stores and local shops in town are participating in after Christmas sales