JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Mother Nature put a damper on Ole Saint Nick Thursday in northeast Arkansas. Portions of Region 8 received more than two inches of rain. Businesses in Jonesboro told Region 8 News that heavy rain hasn't negatively impacted sales.
"The last day is always a real big rush. It's raining out there today, but I don't really see it impacting our sales. We were pretty slow earlier today, but I think we're going to see an increase," said Ross Sedlacek, General Manager of K-Mart.
Sedlacek said business was slow in the morning hours, but as more people hit the road, business began booming.
"We did really well yesterday so I expect us to do well today, considering that the rain didn't stop the shoppers from coming out yesterday. I don't see any reason why they wouldn't come out today," said Sedlacek.
Jeff Ransone, Assistant General Manager of Kohl's, told Region 8 News business has been steady despite the rainfall.
"We found that our customers, they have that last minute shopping to do, so they're going to get out in the weather to do that," said Ransone. "Customers have to get their shopping done. They don't have any choice. They're going to get out in the rain and in the storm to get their last minute shopping."
Several stores protected their customers by warning of wet floors.
"We want our customers to know that it's wet outside, and we're doing everything we can to protect them in our store," said Ransone.
"The rain slowed us down a little bit this morning, but I think I see the shoppers starting to come out again," Sedlacek. "I don't know what the rain is going to do, but I think the customers are going to pick up and our business is going to continue to pick up because that door won't stay closed."