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Sales lure shoppers back to stores after Christmas

December 26, 2010|By C.J. LOVELACE | Staff Correspondent
  • Ashley Newcomer, right, and Alli Kopco, background left, both of Waynesboro, Pa., check out the after- Christmas sales Sunday evening at the Kmart in Waynesboro.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

SCOTLAND, Pa. — Alan Arnold of Shippensburg, Pa., took a few moments to check out the men’s shoe selection at the Shoe Department inside the Chambersburg Mall on Sunday afternoon.


After a trip to Kohl’s earlier in the day, Arnold came to the mall with his wife, Lori, and 17-year-old daughter, Bryce, who was hoping to buy a pair of shoes.


“She got some money for Christmas,” Arnold said of his daughter. “It burns a hole (in her pocket).”


The Arnolds were like many people who decided to check out the stores Sunday for day-after-Christmas price slashes and holiday clearance sales.


Next door to the Shoe Department, a sign in front of Purdy Creek Crafts read “40 percent off all Christmas items.”


Connie Garcia, co-owner of the store, said holiday sales went as well as expected this season.


“There’s not too much left over this year,” she said. “From what we started with, we’re pleased.”

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Garcia said the store opened at 8 a.m. Sunday, but didn’t start to see much traffic in the mall until around 10 a.m.


Several other storefronts throughout the mall sported red tag sale pricing, featuring 40 percent to 80 percent off at some places.


Susan and Terry Gearhart of Greencastle, Pa., were looking at belts inside Burlington Coat Factory. They said the mall was their first stop of the day and they had plans of visiting the nearby shopping center with Target and Kohl’s later in the day.


Susan Gearhart said she was looking for a new winter coat Sunday.


“They have some really good sales over there for 50 percent off,” she said of Burlington’s deals, but sounded reluctant to buy until finding one that suited her taste. “I’m a little old-fashioned.”


The couple, who has eight grandchildren, said now that Christmas shopping was out of the way, it’s their turn to find some deals.


“(Christmas was) all about the kids,” said Terry Gearhart, who was looking for a hooded sweat shirt. “Now it’s time for us.”


At Sears, Gillian Thrush of Chambersburg said she picked up some pants and a shirt for Christmas for her husband, Irvin, which they were exchanging Sunday because she got the wrong size.


After attending church in the morning, she said they planned to check out some other stores in the mall before heading home to beat the forecasted snows in the area Sunday.


“We had a very nice Christmas,” Gillian Thrush said. “We got to stay home and enjoy the holiday, so it’s nice to get out today.”


On the other end of the mall, Jan Good of Chambersburg was doing something similar at J.C. Penney.


Good, who says it’s a “rarity” to see her out shopping because it’s not something she really enjoys, came to the store to exchange some pants with her 26-year-old son Corey.


After having a great low-key Christmas with their family, eating a traditional meal of lobster and clams, Good was waiting patiently for her son to come out of one of the dressing rooms while looking at some pants in the men’s section.


The two planned to check out a few more stores in the mall before heading home to get ready for the Philadelphia Eagles game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday night, Good said.


The Eagles could clinch the NFC East Division title with a win this week, but there were rumors that extreme winter weather in Philadelphia would push the game off until later in the week.


“As long as the Eagles win tonight, I’ll be happy,” she said. “I think it’s still on as scheduled.”


Minutes later, the NFL announced that the game would be postponed until Tuesday at 8 p.m. due to the looming snowstorm that could end up dumping close to 20 inches on the Philadelphia area by the time it’s done.

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