Valentine's Day sales remain strong - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/12/09

Valentine's Day sales remain strong

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - This year the economy might have some Cupid-struck couples pinching pennies, but local business owners say they are not worried. According to the National Retail Federation, this year couples are expected to spend an average of $20 less on gifts for their special someone.

Thursday, we caught up with three local businesses, and they say the holiday has actually increased their sales. Russ Plowman said, "Valentine's is definitely, definitely a sales booster."

 Times are hard, and places like Circuit City and Linens 'n Things have been forced to close their doors. However Cupid's arrow has struck the hearts of local businesses. They say they are thankful for the lovers' holiday.  Stephanie Edwards said, "We have had a hard year, a hard start. I'm a new owner and so based on numbers last year, we are down, so we were just needing something new, something to kind of jump start the sales, and so far it's been good. Valentine's Day is saving us this year," she said.

Russ Plowman, the owner of Garden Works, is hoping to attract customers with some holiday deals. "We are trying to keep in mind the economy and try to get as much for the money as we possibly can," he said.

Both of these businesses and Robert Lance Jewelry co-owner, Lance McIntosh said the only way to keep up the holiday bonus is to stay close to home. "Shop locally," McIntosh said, "try not to order online and keep this economy going."

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