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Snow delayed some post-holiday shopping

Dec 27, 2010 1:10:00 PM - thestate.com
Some consumers braved a rare December snow in Columbia to make use of gift cards and exchange unwanted gifts Sunday.

However, Midlands’ retailers are expecting heavier sales this week as many opted to stay home on what is typically a busy day for stores.

"We were pretty busy, but it wasn’t busy like a normal day after Christmas because of the weather," said Tom Dornfeld, general manager of Columbiana Centre. "We’ll probably just be busier than we normally would have been this week."

Lexington County, in particular, had "an unusual combination of circumstances" Sunday, Dornfeld said.

For the first time, stores were able to open as early as they wanted as Lexington County Council voted just two days before Christmas to repeal the blue laws, which had restricted for decades what could be sold in the county before 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.

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