“It seems like people are spending and not counting their pennies too carefully,” she said.
Former Oneonta resident, Mark Gallucci, who was in town visiting his parents, was in the store Friday. He was buying a few CDs as gifts. He works at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany and while his holiday spending will be about the same as last year, the economy appears to be improving, he said.
The shoppers had thinned out at McLauglin’s Department Store in Oneonta by about 3:30 p.m., but acting manager Sue Place, said “we have been pretty steady,” throughout much of the day. The store opened an hour early Friday and had sales for selected hours Wednesday and Friday.
“It brought people in looking for special items,” she said.
The day started at 6 a.m. at JCPenney in the Southside Mall, where store manager Jim Bardsley said at about 2 p.m., that the day had been going well. People were lined up more than 100 feet outside the door when the store opened, he said.
“It’s such an important event” in the store calendar, he said — the only day when Penney has a sale after the chain changed its policy in February. He has been at the store since April, but said he was told that traffic was about the same as last year. With people out, in some cases much of the night, “we plan on a majority of our business being done by noon.”
This did not include Kayla Mahoney of Cobleskill, who was shopping with her daughter, Hannah, who will be 2 next month, and her husband Zach. Kayla started shopping Thursday at 11 p.m. in Albany with other family members, went home at 3:30 a.m. to rest and came to Oneonta with her husband and daughter at 11:30 a.m. Friday.