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Stores boom in after Christmas shopping

With Christmas just a memory now, most presents have been exchanged, but that doesn’t mean the shopping has stopped. 

Traffic is still booming through Old Halifax Road in Centerville as shoppers venture into Walmart, Rue 21 and Lowe’s.  

A great number of shoppers have filled the customer service lines at Walmart with exchanges or returns in hand, while others are in line with buggies full. 

To lure shoppers its way, Walmart stores marked items at 25 to 50 percent off the day after Christmas. 

One of these items included a Nintendo 3DS XL System for only $199.96.

Shoppers also made their way to Rue 21 to make exchanges on gifts, but not many have brought items to return, according to employee Ashley Mosley. 

According to Mosley, sales have increased as well as she has seen many people still buying last minute presents, while others are shopping for themselves. 

In comparison to shopping after Christmas last year, Mosley said she has seen “a little more customers” this year. 

Management at Lowe’s said gift cards proved to be good in sales this year, as many came to shop using their gift cards after Christmas on Thursday and Friday. 

Overall, management said they had seen an increase in foot traffic over the year proving to be a very successful season, and they are looking forward to the new year. 

On the other side of town at Hupps Mill Plaza, an employee at Advanced Auto Parts said he hadn’t seen any gift cards yet. 

When asked if he had witnessed an increase in shoppers since Christmas, he said he could not say that he had. 

Shoppers certainly could be found on the lower end of Hupps Mill Plaza stocking up on items from Goody’s after Christmas. 

Shoppers have had the opportunity to take advantage of Goody’s after-Christmas sale featuring 60 percent off of sweaters, outerwear and toys. 

Manager Tonya Stovall said business has been “real good” for this Goody’s store, especially before Christmas on Christmas Eve. 

 “The best thing happened on Christmas Eve when we had a sale,” said Stovall. “The store closed at 7, and we were having to ask customers to leave, so that made me feel like we did really good.”

Stovall said they also haven’t seen as many returns as last year after Christmas.

She also has seen some shoppers purchasing with gift cards, but not many, and it’s about the same as last year. 

At Belk in Hupps Mill Plaza, strong sales were reported on Thursday, according to Manager Shane Markham.

“There has been lots of returning, exchanging as well as people getting lots of gift cards for their exchanges,” the manager added.

The day after Christmas is always a big draw for Belk stores with their 64 doorbusters, coupons and 75 percent off Christmas décor sale. 

This year on Thursday, Belk extended its hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to accommodate shoppers.