The economy may be in a slowdown, but Rolla shoppers Friday were bucking that trend as many were out in the stores looking for post-holiday bargains.

Parking lots at area stores were close to full. Certainly, people were making gift exchanges, but others were shopping, looking to stretch their dollars.


The economy may be in a slowdown, but Rolla shoppers Friday were bucking that trend as many were out in the stores looking for post-holiday bargains.
Parking lots at area stores were close to full. Certainly, people were making gift exchanges, but others were shopping, looking to stretch their dollars.
At Kmart, shoppers were waiting at the doors at 8 a.m., seeking to take advantage of the 50 percent off the Trim-A-Home bargains.
“We had people here when we opened for returns, but that’s sort of fallen off now,” Manager Pat Durick said about 11 a.m.
“Today, the store’s  been busy. I think a lot of people were in to take advantage of our 50 percent off the Trim-A-Home sale,” said Durick, whose store is located at 1003 S. Bishop Ave.
Durick said while national media has been preaching doom and gloom for the retail season, sales at Kmart actually were better than last year.
“Honestly, sales have been good. We actually did better this year than last, not by much but our numbers were better this year,” Durick said.
He believes shoppers are more savvy about purchases this year.
think people channeled their purchases toward gifts. I don’t think they may have purchased as much for the home as they have in year’s past, but we did better than last year,” Durick said.
Across the highway at JC Penney, located at 1050  S. Bishop, a sale offering 60 percent off had the parking lot — and the store — filled to near capacity.
“It’s been pretty good,” said Dan Harrison, store supervisor. “I’m really pleased.”
“We’re on trend for annual sales to be as good as last year. Today, up until 1 (p.m.), we’re offering 60 percent off on inventory storewide clearance,” he said.
Harrison said people are being more selective about their purchases.
“People are shopping, and I think they’re shopping smarter . . . getting what they need and not what they want,” Harrison concluded.
At Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, the parking lot was nearly filled late Friday morning.
A spokesman for manager Karen Tichenor said she was too busy to comment on post-holiday sales.