After Christmas Shoppers Looking For Bargains

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- After Christmas shoppers started early Friday morning, not looking for the perfect gift, rather searching for the biggest and best after Christmas bargains.

"We came in looking for cologne, sweatshirts and pullovers, that kind of thing.  We're seeing what kind of deals we could come up with," said shopper, Janice Harvey.

"We're just bargain hunting maybe for Christmas decorations or bedding...just whatever," said shopper, Beth Boyd.

Beth Boyd wasn't alone in her after Christmas shopping.

Shoppers filled the parking lots and stood in line, whether they were returning the not-so-perfect present, or cashing in on drastically marked down merchandise.

"Oh yes, see what was left that didn't get picked up for Christmas," said Harvey.

Despite some analysts predictions of dismal holiday sales numbers for retailers, developer Bruce Burrow says The Mall at Turtle Creek is doing surprisingly well considering all of the negative news for other markets.

"All in all, it's not been a real bad year, certainly not the doom and gloom in Jonesboro that we've see in other places," said Burrow.

Burrow says sales are down a bit, but traffic is very strong.

He says he noticed that when gas prices went up, the number of shoppers went up too.

"We were drawing a larger group stopping in Jonesboro rather than going to Memphis, and we think we have retained a lot of that business," said Burrow.