Christmas retail sales comparable to last year |

Christmas retail sales comparable to last year

Donna GrayGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kelley Cox

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. On Tuesday, the day after Christmas, Summit Canyon Mountaineering on Grand Avenue was having a big day.”This is almost as busy as the days before Christmas,” said store owner Carl Moak, with people returning gifts and spending gift cards. Moak said the shopping season leading up to Christmas was “great,” with sales up over last year. While he would not reveal exact figures, sales “were up, it was strong.”One of the biggest sellers for Summit Canyon was socks.”It’s amazing to us, but we can’t keep socks in stock,” he said. “It’s the default stocking stuffer.”Sales were also brisk at across Grand Avenue at the Book Train.

“Actually, we did very well,” said Emily Wilbur, well enough that sales may have been “a little bit higher than last year.”However, the blizzard that dumped two feet of snow on Denver last week may have affected the Book Train’s sales, Wilbur said, “because people (from the Front Range) were not here for the weekend.”Popular with the shopping crowd this season were local books and calendars. The store’s number one best seller was local marketing guru Michael Chandler’s book, “The Littlest Cowboy.””We sold a ton of calendars,” Wilbur said, including nature photographer John Fielder’s Colorado calendars, and a calendar of photographs of Mount Sopris by Lee Plimpton.Also selling well was a new DVD by Carbondale author Anita Witt, “The Last of the Cowboys of the Roaring Fork Valley.”Sales at Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson of Glenwood Springs were “not as up this year as last year but we did OK,” said Rob Weiss. “Motorclothes” such as Harley T-shirts, sweat shirts and jackets sold well. Discounts for “Hog” motorcycle club owners on special nights before Christmas in the store helped sales.

What hurts the store every year at this time are absentee shoppers. Weiss said their high-end shoppers, people from Aspen and Vail, are usually not around. “They go to Texas and Arizona for the winter,” Weiss said.By all reports, the big-box stores at the Glenwood Mall and Meadows held about even with last year.”It was pretty much as expected,” said Kmart manager Sean Mettler. “It was pretty normal. It wasn’t like it was a huge season.”Dunlaps’ manager Harold Carnal pronounced the Christmas sales “satisfactory. We met last year’s sales.”Target’s sales “were better than last year’s,” its first year in business, said manager Christi Roach.

It’s not over yet. Moak said although he was relieved the Christmas shopping was past, “This whole week will be busy.”Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 16605dgray@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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