Shops drop costs

Shoppers walk past one of many signs offering post-Christmas sales Saturday at North Plains Mall. Stores were slashing prices in hopes of luring shoppers into spending money after Christmas. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth.

By Darrell Todd Maurina

Clovis businesses did well with their post-Christmas sales, according to store managers who said much of their remaining Christmas stock was gone by Saturday evening.
“We’ve had hundreds of customers today, it’s just been busy,” said Shannon Sneed, manager of the home and children’s department at Dillard’s. “Christmas trees, pre-lit trees, and palm trees sold really good.”
Enrique Rodriguez, operations manager at Lowe’s, said his store processed nearly 2,500 transactions on Friday and Saturday.
“We’re doing really well,” Rodriguez said. “We had all our Christmas trim-a-tree items at 75 percent, that’s all but gone. Storage tubs are really big; we think people are looking for places to put items they bought.”
Dena Engel, store leader at Hastings, said she’s been pleased to see most of her customers buying new items rather than returning things they don’t want.
“We’re not getting as many people exchanging things as I thought we would,” Engel said. “People have been pretty good about it.”
As with the other stores, Engel said Christmas items are discounted and have been selling well, but other categories are also showing high-volume sales numbers.
“We’re running out of games,” Engel said. “I just got replenished; we sold a lot of games over Christmas.”
Other popular items at Hastings included the Jeepers Creepers 2 DVD and Happy Bunny items.
Games were also selling well at Kay-Bee Toys, but assistant manager Margaret Flores said that’s to be expected at a toy store.
“We’re marking down things from every section of the store,” Flores said. “Our sales are doing great. Just about everything, we’ve sold a lot of different things, Barbies, Bratz, Yu-Gi-Oh! for boys. The remote control cars really sold well during the season and are still selling.”