Sales draw shoppers to stores

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The checkout counter is reflected in a mirror behind empty shelves at the Bath & Body Works location inside Golden Triangle Mall during the store's big after-Christmas sale Thursday in Denton.
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As employees frantically unpacked boxes of soap and lotion, eager shoppers grabbed the freshly placed products off the shelves before weaving through other shoppers inside Bath & Body Works at Golden Triangle Mall on Thursday.

A number of other businesses also offered post-holiday sales in the mall and around Denton, trying to end the year on a high note after an ice storm earlier this month handed businesses a large financial hit.

The annual returns and exchanges seemed to happen right as the mall opened at 9 a.m., but they didn’t seem to deter shopping for the sales, said Matt Ludemann, mall manager.

“It’s hard to tell when it comes to returns, but there were a lot of shopping bags walking out still, which is good,” he said.

Debbie Sebastian of Krum went to the mall Thursday with her granddaughter to exchange a pair of boots and shop. It was more relaxing than some area malls because it was not as crowded, making it easier to shop, she said.

“I thought it would be a little more crowded than it is,” she said. “It’s pretty much what I expected and there’s some pretty good sales.”

For the most part, sales were still positive this month, Ludemann said.

“The initial feedback from the retailers as a whole was [that] it was a good season even with the ice storm and disruption there,” he said.

Smaller local businesses are still trying to make up for the hit, though. At the Courthouse Collection, all Christmas-related items are on sale for 50 percent off and owner Karen Wilson is hoping this helps end the year on a high note.

“It’s not going to be a great year, but it won’t be a horrible year either,” she said. “Hopefully, we’ll continue to make some of it up over the next few days — I hope, anyway.”

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.

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