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Slow Retail Season. And you?

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Terrel L. Shields

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In the mid-early 1980's, Enid OK went from booming oil town to bust just as a new shopping Mall opened. Losing some 25% of its population, Enid didn't stabilize for some time. I was working Xmas and did my shopping in the new Mall where stores had slashed prices, and many of the shops were closed. It was like shopping in a Ghost town.

I was in Rogers,Ar this morning and dropped off a set of oversized plans to have scanned (costs about $1.50 a page and lets me put plans and specs in file without having tubes of plans or folding huge wads of paper)

I drifted over to Staples about 10:30 am from there in a small Mall which is across the street from Lowes. Lowes was not busy - maybe 50 cars. Staples? 5 cars. Across the street (where the shot was taken) 4 upscale Boutiques had maybe 5 total cars. and the shop beside Staples have virtually no one (that's their parking lot + a few spaces directly in front). Barnes and Nobles...8. Starbucks? 5 cars - I thought of Enid. There is easily less than 40% of last year's traffic in this place.
 
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lauralee

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Pretty much the same around here. If I had to guess I would say that stores are down maybe 10 percent at most.
 

Randolph Kinney

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It depends on if it is a weekend or week day, however, store traffic is down in either case but on week days, I wonder why they even bother opening the doors. :shrug:
 

Workbox

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It depends on if it is a weekend or week day, however, store traffic is down in either case but on week days, I wonder why they even bother opening the doors. :shrug:
Because those that have other things to do on the weekends go during the week. Plus, you can haggle much better and get a chance to get the good clearance stuff.
 
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