By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
Local shopping centers and department stores usually see long lines the day after Christmas from the annual gift returnees and post-holiday bargain hunters , and 2013 is no different.
Walmart, Kmart, Belk and other major retailers in Cullman witnessed steady traffic from shoppers on December 26. Cullman resident Kristy White was shopping in Belk on Thursday morning and said it was one of her first stops in the hunt to gather bargain items.
“Belk and Walmart both had good sales, we usually like to come and grab up the stuff that goes on sale after Christmas,” White said. “We were bringing goodies to the Yuletide Christmas basketball tournament and decided to make a day out of it and come shopping, too.”
Belk Manager Cathy Anderson said they saw busy, steady traffic since they opened at 6 a.m. on Thursday.
Kmart employees said the store saw consistent shoppers in both the morning and after lunch. Winston County resident Wanda Kay Nix brought her family to shop and said Cullman is one of three locations they go to purchase items.
“I enjoy coming to get the after-Christmas sales and I will use some of the Christmas money I got toward it,” Nix said. “They usually have good bath and body spray things here so that’s usually what I like to get. We come to Haleyville, Cullman and Jasper to shop because we live in Houston and it’s the about equal traveling time to each place.”
While browsing the towel aisle at Walmart, Cullman resident Othera Thornton, 81, said she arrived to the supercenter just after noon and it was packed.
“I’d usually wait a couple of days to come and take things back or to shop, but decided to come this year,” Thornton said. “It hasn’t been too bad in the last little bit, but when I first got here there were long lines.”
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