Retailers work to make up for time, money lost during blizzard-related closure

Some malls to open early Friday, Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis stores were shut out of one of the biggest shopping days of the year Wednesday because of the blizzard.

Shoppers were out in full force Thursday to make up for lost time, and stores are taking extra steps to give consumers even more time to spend money.

The parking lot at Castleton Square Mall filled up quickly Thursday morning, as many shoppers were eager to get a fast start. But not all shoppers were bothered by the inability to shop the day after Christmas.

"We weren't disappointed that the stores were closed," said shopper Stephanie Via. "We didn't want to go out in the weather, but we got up this morning by 8:30 and were out shopping by 9."

"I'm on vacation. (My daughter is) out of school," said Pam Via. "It was convenient for us, not a problem. "

The closure might not have been a problem for that family, but for retailers, the final week of December can account for 15 percent of the month's sales, and the day after Christmas is typically one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

"Today we have a great traffic in the building -- all of our specials are on today as well," said Lisa Hudson, manager of Macy's. "We do that as well as opening Friday at 9 a.m., and Saturday at 8 a.m. to give shoppers more time since we lost out on yesterday."

Shopper Kathy Laudick and her daughter wasted no time making transactions, buying a sweater for New Year's Eve. 

"I came to get a sweater for my mother-in-law," Laudick said. "The one I purchased for her was too large, so I got her a smaller size."

The earlier opening hours on Friday and Saturday will also be in effect at Greenwood Park Mall.

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