Above Expectations

October 11, 2005--Posted at 10:20 PM CST

JONESBORO-It has been just over a week since the first stores at the Mall at Turtle Creek have opened. Region 8 has been racking up the receipts for both JCPenney and Target. It is like everyone in Jonesboro has been there twice.

Christy Veara, Marketing Director for the Mall at Turtle Creek, said, "We have had over 101,000 shoppers through this parking lot, through the JCPenny and Target doors this week. It is just phenominal."

The numbers are so high that Target almost can't meet the demand of its patrons.

"We are having to get additional trucks brought in do to the high traffic. We anticipated to be busy but this is way above expectations. We have doubled what the expectations were," said Richard McCleod, Target Team Leader.

Next door at JCPenney they are on high as well.

Store manager, George Thomas said, "Our traffic is increasing every week. We have beat all of our sales expectations and we are very pleased."

"It is like Christmas right now in October. They say Christmas in July  But we are going to have it right now all the way until next March," said Veara.

Christmas indeed; both for those who buy and sell.

As of now, 59 stores will be open by March of next year. As for my personal favorite, Starbucks. You can find Chad Watson and myself there daily.