RICHMOND (WRIC)—There are only two
weekends left of the holiday shopping season, and retailers can't seem to catch
a break from Mother Nature. With another weekend of bad weather threatening
holiday sales, the push is on to shop local this Saturday.
Nancy Thomas, president and CEO of
the Retail Merchants Association in Richmond, says despite another round of bad
weather, retailers are staying positive. So far, sales are up.
“We're probably about between 50 and
60 percent of our members that are showing increased same-store sales, the
others are either flat … we have a small percent that are down,” Thomas said.
We won't tell your boss, but it
appears many of you played hooky on Friday; Carytown and the local malls were
bustling with customers.
“For the most part, people will be
out there shopping,” Thomas said. “I was out and around today and lots of
traffic out there, which is a good sign.”
Still, it could pay to shop in the
rain on Saturday—it's Think.
Shop. Buy. Local Saturday. More than 100 retailers in the region will offer
customers a chance to register to win a $500 gift card.
“Shopping locally gives so much more
back to our community,” Thomas said. “In some instances, it can give as much as
40 cents on the dollar.”
The Retail Merchants Association website
gives a complete list of the shops participating on Saturday, Dec. 14
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