Residents, businesses prepare for holiday season


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MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 06:12 PM.

CRESTVIEW — With Cyber Monday on Nov. 26 and Black Friday in the past, the Christmas shopping season is in full swing. Local retailers have hired extra help to deal with increased numbers of shoppers, anticipating and hoping for blowout business.

Sabrina Hare, store manager of Bealls Outlet Store, hired four employees for seasonal help. However, after seeing how well they have worked out, Hare wants them to stay after the holidays.

"We have a great staff here, so it will be nice to have some help on hand, to help everyone (in our store) relax." Hare said.

Hare said she expects this holiday season to bring in more sales.

"Sales have been trending up so far and corporate seems to think we will do better than last year," she said.

Barbara Morris hopes her business, Old Time Antiques & Flea Market, will fare just as well.

"Last year, we had our best Christmas. I hope this year will be better," Morris said. "We have had a lot people move to the area recently, thanks to the military groups like the 7th Special Forces."

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