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December 27, 2012

Some shoppers deterred by slick roads the day after Christmas

NORMAN — The day after Christmas is typically a busy day for retailers, but Wednesday morning started out slow for many Norman businesses.

“I think the weather has discouraged a lot of shoppers,” said Jocelyn Wall, owner of International Pantry.

Wall said while they are usually pretty calm the day after Christmas, compared to the jam-packed holiday shopping season, business was slow Wednesday. Wall also contributed the slow business to many people going to the mall to return gift items.

“We’ve had no returns so far, so that’s good,” she said.

Coral Haun, manager at Dillards in Sooner Mall, said bad weather has affected them as well.

“I wish it was busier, but it’s not,” Haun said. “We’re extremely busy usually.”

She said since some side roads and residential areas are still kind of icy, some people aren’t as willing to get out. She also contributed the slow morning to the holiday falling in the middle of the week.

“A lot of people went back to work today, so there’s a lot of things that affect us,” she said.

While business in the morning was slow, things started picking up a little in the afternoon and Haun said she expected it to be busier in the evening. Mark Cjeda, manager of Target in Norman, also said the day started off slower than expected but business was picking up in the afternoon.

“It’s usually pretty busy the day after Christmas,” Cjeda said. “A lot of people are in spending their gift cards.”

Some customers also come to return items, but there weren’t many returns Wednesday, he said.

 

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