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November 26, 2012

Southside Mall sees brisk holiday shopping traffic


“It wasn’t worth the light bill,’’ Vajo said. Next year, the store will pay the fine imposed by the mall to be closed overnight, she said, and families with toddlers are better off staying at home and letting their children sleep.

Magnolia’s Fudge opened about 3½ months ago, Vajo said, and she is waiting to see the “wow’’ of Christmas holiday shopping begin.

Black Tree Books, at the opposite end of Southside Mall, also opened about three months ago, said Marqui Vega, who owns the kiosk-style business with his wife, Katrina. He said there was an explosion of shoppers after midnight Thursday, but they generally were more interested in the big-box retailers.

Overall, however, the bookseller did its third best week in sales during Thanksgiving week, Vega said, and shoppers are glad to see books for sale at the mall.

“We’re off to a good start,’’ he said. ``We’re being very optimistic.’’

The National Retail Federation estimates that overall retail sales in November and December will be up 4.1 percent this year to $586.1 billion, an AP report said.

At Southside Mall, Jordon Conroy and Samantha Clark, sales associates at The Shoe Dept. near Black Tree Books, said sales attracted customers throughout the weekend.

“It was a little busier than the average weekend,’’ Conroy said. Business is expected to pick up with Christmas shopping, they said, and with the need for boots for winter.

The season’s first sticking snow covered the area Sunday morning.

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