Small businesses competing for Black Friday shoppers

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - While most Lake Area shoppers gravitated to the mall for Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, others looked for holiday deals at small, independently-owned shops and boutiques like Accessory Zone.

Store manager Rhonda Kleckey said around 20 shoppers were waiting outside when the store opened on hour early Friday morning.

Kleckey said sales were only a little bit off from last year's numbers. Given the current economic state, that may not be bad.  Kleckey was confident that her store could make up the shortfall in just one hour of strong sales.

Down the street, Expressions was also seeing sales similar to that from last year, and they too opened an hour early.

Both stores day Black Friday shoppers kept them busy all day long.

Kleckey said she noticed more out-of-town shoppers, thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday.

One of those out-of-town shoppers was Deborah Leger from Ragley.  Leger said she was visiting all the small shops on Black Friday.

"They have unique items and sometimes it's those items that make [the holidays] special," Leger said.

Retailers hope customers will continue visiting them throughout the rest of the weekend, as many of the deals offered today, will be offered through Sunday.

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