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Local businesses report brisk holiday sales

Last Modified: Monday, December 17, 2012 8:55 PM

By John Guidroz and Lance Traweek / American Press

Several local businesses have reported better sales this holiday season than last year — and they expect more shoppers leading up to Christmas Day next week.

Diane Khoury, owner of Khoury’s Clothing store in Sulphur, said last week’s colder weather may have encouraged more people to get their holiday shopping done. She said she anticipates a large shopping rush in the last few days leading up to Christmas.

Khoury said their store has sold a lot of name-brand clothes like Southern Tide shirts and Under Armour. Sunglasses, cowboy boots and hunting gear have also been big sellers, she said.

“If it has the name brand on it, they want it,” Khoury said.

Travis Hoffpauir, assistant manager at the Stine Lumber Co. — which also sells home and yard items — on Nelson Road, said that “contract sales” are the main reason for the 3 percent increase in sales over last year.

“On the retail side of the store, we’re 5 percent down from last year’s sales,” he said. “But our overall sales are up. We noticed an upswing in our sales about three or four months ago.”

Sarah Dean, shop manager of Bicycle Superstore in Lake Charles, said that Christmas “seemed to come a little late in terms of sales” last year.

“Holiday sales have definitely picked up since then,” she said. “It’s just the economy as a whole. People are feeling more solid about it.”

Dean said the national drop in bicycle sales in October and November may also explain why they went up this month. She said more people are buying trainers that convert bicycles into stationary bicycles.

Julie Fruge, a receptionist at 12 Hour Massage, said the staff has been “pretty busy” and that they have sold plenty of gift certificates this year.

Teci Culpepper, owner of Teci’s Ladies Apparel, said sales have been good this year and she expects it to stay busy leading up to Saturday.

“It does seem like people are wanting to reach out and shop locally this year,” Culpepper said.

Ken McGee, owner of Mattress and Waterbed Gallery, said sales have been “almost the exact same compared to last year.”

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