Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Locals hitting up local stores Monday to return those too small or not-so-loved Christmas and to catch those after-Christmas deals were kind of slow, store managers reported.

This year, the Alabama Retail Association predicts holiday sales in the state could reach as high as $11.4 million in taxed sales during November and December.

Goody’s Manager Stephanie Kelley reported 60-80 people had come in from opening to just after lunch.

“We are doing a lot of returns,” she said. “We haven’t had a truck recently, so people aren’t really shopping because we don’t have a lot. Everything is sort of picked over.”

At Pink Pepper’s Megan Walker said that Monday was pretty steady for them.

“We just had a good little rush,” she said. “People are coming in and getting Christmas decorations for next year. All of our Christmas decorations are on sale.”

Cato manager Nicole Julian said they had some people come by the store, but they also had plenty of time to mark down their items.

“We did sell a decent amount of gift cards right before Christmas, so I thought that more people would be coming in,” she said. “It doesn’t look real busy in my parking lot at all.”