Local retailers gear up for Super Saturday

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -  We're just one week away from Christmas and shoppers continue to flood the stores.

For many businesses here in the lake area the Saturday before Christmas means big business and heavy traffic.

"It has been fantastic," says Susie Book, owner of Expressions.

Book says holiday traffic at her business has never been better.

"We can't catch up from last week or yesterday," says Book. "There's no time to prepare for Super Saturday."

Book also says this year's holiday shopping season has surpassed all expectations.

"Thankfully we have been blessed," says Book. "It's about the same but last year was tremendous. If we can match that this year I will be a very happy girl."

In the midst of the rush, the crew at Expressions is prepared to make even more holiday sales this Super Saturday.

"We try to keep 10 to 15 girls on hand to help each customer if we can," says Book. "It's going to be beautiful tomorrow."

However, the more employees they have on hand, the less amount of spaces there are available in their parking lot.

"I think we've even been causing some traffic jams," says Book.

Just down the street Accessory Zone is seeing the same type of traffic.

"The parking lot's been full," says Rhonda Kleckley, owner of Accessory Zone. "Everyone's been asking where they should park."

Kleckley says the recession hasn't put a stint in her business.

"We were a little nervous because of everyone saying it's going to be a softer holiday season," says Kleckley. "But we haven't seen any signs of that."

Kleckley says her crew is ready to go with making more sales this Super Saturday.

"We're preparing with extra employees and we have a shipment we're going to be putting out tonight to restock," says Kleckley. "It's our busiest day."

If you do plan to shop this Super Saturday, retailers say their best advice is to get out early and read their advertisements beforehand for the best deals.

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