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Archive for Monday, December 27, 1999

LAWRENCE STORES OPEN, PREPARED FOR BARGAIN SHOPPERS, GIFT RETURNEES

December 27, 1999

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The stores, at least those that were open, were busy again on Sunday.

It was the after-Christmas rush to return unwanted gifts and take advantage of sales. Kevin Lober, an assistant manager at Wal-Mart, 3300 Iowa, said that the parking lot was full when he came to work Sunday, but everything seemed to be going well.

"Everyone's been very good-natured all-day long," he said.

Returns weren't any higher than usual, he said, but there were a number of people that brought their gifts in for store credit.

"I wouldn't say that the crowds were that bad," he said. "I think there are probably a lot of people waiting until Monday or Tuesday."

There were quite a few shoppers out, though, he said.

"A lot of people take advantage of the day after Christmas to shop for next year," said Kathy Marks, an assistant manager in training at Kohl's, 3240 Iowa.

There were several customers bringing in gifts to exchange, too.

"We were prepared for it," said Marks.

The store chain had sent out a video on the best ways to handle returns, she said. The after-Christmas rush, she said, is to be expected.

"That's part of the season," she said. "It's something you have to plan for."

Marks guessed that stores will remain busy through the week.

"It was just an exceptional holiday season," Lober said.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7187. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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