Retailers See Heavy Traffic In Holiday Season

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By Ashley Thompson

Business is booming in Montgomery.  Shopping centers across the River Region continue to stay full during this holiday season.

We spoke with mall staff and shoppers who say they believe people are spending more this year than in years' past.

People around Montgomery are still out finishing their Christmas shopping. Both malls and shopping centers have seen heavy traffic this holiday season. Shopper Christelle Louis says extra cash has made shopping a little easier this year.

"I think I'm just a little bit lucky this year. I have a little bit of extra funds. For her it's easy...obviously it's toys and shoes and clothes," she says.

Some shoppers see the busy stores as a turning point for the economy.

"I hope it's a good sign. I hope we're improving. We should be, the mall is packed," says shopper Stacy Griffin.

And other stores around town are packed as well. Extended hours at big box stores may have something to do with increased traffic.

"A great indicator of our volume would be from the department stores - from our anchors and they've had a great season so far. They've had great traffic and here at Eastdale we really can depend on our anchors to show us how traffic is going so it's been going very well," says Eastdale Marketing Director Elizabeth Williams.

According to the Consumer Reports Holiday poll, the average amount of money people will spend on gifts this year is just under 500 dollars.

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