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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