Holiday sales receive mixed reviews

Published 9:54 am Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas shopping is over and local stores and businesses finally have the time to step back and see just how well they did for the season.

Most businesses contacted said they had a great Christmas season, while some still find they didn’t do too well.

Nancy Williams, who owns Nancy’s Etc., said she was pleasantly surprised by the amount of business this Christmas.

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“We did much better than last year,” she said. “We will regroup next week and I am sure we will have some good sales on things. We still have a lot of Auburn University items in stock.”

Williams said anyone who is an Auburn fan could pick up some good buys on things related to the national championship game on Jan. 11, in Glendale, Ariz.

“It will probably be after New Year’s before we have everything separated and know just what we will have on any clearance sale we will have,” Williams added.

Daulton Anderson, Radio Shack dealership owner, said their business was not what he had hoped it would be.

“People are still not buying like they have some years,” he said. “This year we didn’t do as well as I wished we had. Maybe the economy will get turned around soon.”

Cathy Coley, who owns Coley Petals and Parties, said that their season had been great.

“People are starting to realize we have more than just flowers and gifts,” Coley said. “The economy is getting better, slowly, but it’s coming around. On Monday, we will begin to run a 50 percent off sale on Christmas items and then in January we will be back to bridal month. All of those young ladies who got engaged over the holidays will be planning weddings. January is a big time for the brides. We carry all sorts of floral arrangements and a large variety of things to rent for that special occasion.”

Country Charms Floral and Gifts had a good season too, according to owner Joe Brown.

“Business was very good leading up to Christmas,” Brown said. “Thanks to the people who shopped with us and decided to keep their business local. We have a lot of good customers and now we will be getting ready for the after Christmas sale. We still have a lot of bargain items for our customers.”

Nancy’s, Etc. owner, Nancy Williams, and her daughter, Haley Huskey, pose for a photo Thursday.|Photo by Sandi Boone