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January 3, 2013

Retailers: Holiday season a good one

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But she said it wasn’t just the stores that seemed to be doing bigger business.

“All in all, I think the restaurants were busier,” she said.

For Southside in Oneonta, it appeared to be an excellent season, Montanti said.

“I haven’t spoken to every single store tenant,” she said. “Of the ones I have spoken to, they ranked within the top numbers in their district or No. 2 in their district.”

Those stores “definitely showed increases comparative to last year’s sales for the whole season,” she said.

Ed Lorenz, of Otsego Bicycles and a former partner in Sport Tech in Oneonta, didn’t have a 2011 benchmark against which he could compare sales because he opened in November.

“All things considered, I think (the season went) fairly well,” he said.

“Sport Tech closed up, and then I reopened this place about Thanksgiving, so it takes awhile to get the word out,” he added. “But I think the word is getting out among the cycling community that I am here again. And also people with ski work to be done — ski tuning and that kind of work.”

Lorenz said that in addition to selling bicycles as holiday presents, “helmets and clothing were probably two big sellers this year.”

Barbara Ann Heegan, executive director of the Otsego County Chamber, said she also noticed more traffic in downtown.

She said she spent some time at the recently opened Shops at Ford and Main.

“And I thought that they were pleased with the people shopping downtown,” she said of its tenants.

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