And no, it wasn’t solely because of me! Although I WAS out there at 6 am, in the line at Kohls which snaked as far throughout the store as last year’s line (which I was also in for about two hours).
I also went to Target and to the mall for a tiny bit. For breakfast, my shopping companion had the BRILLIANT idea of going to the restaurant inside the Red Lion on Columbia Center Blvd – aka Cavanaugh’s (Cavanuagh’s Landing Restaurant). GREAT food, excellent service and no wait to be seated. Oh, and just a tip – when the guy at IHOP says the wait is just 10-15 minutes, he’s lying.
Anyway, it looked to the semi-trained eye (I worked in retail for over ten years, so I know a little about post-Thanksgiving crowds) as if just as many people were out as last year, or possibly more. And, today’s newspaper confirmed it.
Store managers throughout the Tri-Cities reported large crowds and sales higher than last year in spite of the poor national economy.
Shop on, Tri-Cities!
[…] As I reported last month, the Tri-Cities seems to be somewhat immune to the national decrease in holiday expenditures. Today, KEPR provided another story about the shopping habits of Tri-Citians. […]