With Christmas only five weeks away, retail stores across town are gearing up for the holiday traffic. With the economy in a slump for the last several months, retailers are expecting a turnaround this holiday season, which means big business.
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Decorations are up, and the seasonal items are out, now all that's needed is a little holiday help.
"I've actually had to hire about 20 more and that's not including my base staff", Helen Baker, the Lerner Store Manager said.
And that's the case at many stores in the mall. Managers are preparing for heavy traffic and they want their customer service to be superb.
"We start with applications, we get a lot of people that have worked previous seasons. We get really excited about it because we get really busy", things Remembered Manager Alma Montoya said.
"It's very exciting, I think a lot of people in retail look forward to this time of year because it is the busiest shopping time of the year, so it's a big turnaround", Sarah Prince, Assistant Marketing Manager of South Plains Mall said.
More shoppers, means more opportunities for local businesses. For this reason, several stores set up in the mall just for the holidays.
"We're hoping to get a lot of people who are holiday shopping, buying gifts, little stocking stuffers or secret pals, their all under ten dollars so they make great little gifts", Ann West at Botika candles said.
"We are expecting a very busy holiday season and we are hiring some extra folks to take care of the customers we're going to have and the extra traffic. We just want to fulfill our commitment to our customers", Chris Vaughn, Manager of Walmart said.
"We're getting prepared by making sure we're stocked up with all the right merchandise and employees of course. Right now were taking applications because we're still hiring for seasonal help", Richard Castro, Manager at Aeropostale said.
So if you could use a few extra dollars to spend this year, there are plenty of stores that could use you. For a complete list of new additions to the South Plains Mall, seasonal job postings, and special holiday shopping hours, (click here) .