Retailers report strong sales

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Local retailers reported great sales during the 10th annual tax-free holiday weekend.

The holiday, which ran from 12:01 a.m., on Fri., Aug. 7, through midnight on Sun., Aug. 9, waived sales taxes on certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax.

The cities of Andalusia, Opp and Florala, the town of Red Level and Covington County waived local sales taxes. The towns of Gantt and River Falls did not.

At Andalusia’s J.C. Penney, foot traffic never slowed, manager on duty Donna McLeod said.

“There was a lot of traffic,” McLeod said. “A lot of shoppers came in with their kids, and the sales were huge. The sales were good for J.C. Penney.”

Compared to last year, McLeod said business was about the same, adding that the amount of people shopping increased.

“We were staffed,” she said. “We had a lot of additional help that helped everything flow real well.”

McLeod said the sales were better than last year.

“I could tell by the volume of people and the volume of products each person had checking out,” she said.

Goody’s Store Manager Stephanie Kelley said the weekend went well, adding that the store made its sales quota for each of the three days.

“One day we went over $7,000,” Kelley said. “We went over ($6,000) on Saturday and ($3,000) on Sunday.”

For the whole weekend, Kelley said Goody’s raked in $18,000, which included customers who had Goody’s cards or some other bankcards.

Compared to last year, Kelley said the total from each day was surpassed each day.

At the Factory Connection, weekend sales were good, store manager Frances Spann said.

“We were busy again (Monday),” she said. “We did have a good weekend.”

Last weekend was a bright spot for The Factory Connection as its stores have seen slumping sales.

“We’ve had a slow year all year,” she said. “We’ve noticed this in all of our stores.”