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Stores Hope for Post-Holiday Shopping Rush

Lindsey Cook | 27 December, 2017, 03:56

Mall officials in Concord Mills said it's been the best holiday shopping season in a few years, in terms of sales and foot traffic. It's always busy and full of activity and stuff.

While the store is wrapping some late Christmas gifts, they're also seeing some Christmas returns.

"I got a lot of money yesterday and a lot of gift cards", said one shopper. "People are where they are going to go I think, and it's not bad". "My dad needed a bigger size", Johnson said.

Some have dubbed the day after Christmas - the annual return-a-thon.

"They have great sales in there", she said in the store parking lot after moving her goods from her cart to her auto. She used a Walmart gift card she got for the holiday. Some people used gift cards or took advantage of the post-holiday discounts to get themselves something nice, like Carmen Aleman.

A report published Tuesday from credit card company Mastercard that tracked spending (across all payment types, including cash and check) from November 1 through December 24 showed that holiday sales increased 4.9 percent this year - the largest year-over-year increase since 2011.

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Logsdon and her grandson were just part of a crowd of shoppers at local shops at the Cotton Exchange spending more money after Christmas. "Last year, before and after Christmas was insane".

"I find some unusual gift type items here that I couldn't find at home and that to me is more meaningful", said Carolyn Logsdon, a shopper visiting from Ohio.

Montgomery resident Tyler Eubanks said he was looking to buy some clothes with the Christmas cash he received this year. Others headed out to the stores early to beat the crowds.

"I wasn't expecting them to be this good right after Christmas but I'm happy with them", said Thieme.

"It's been a real good experience", she said.

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