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25 years ago: Downtown business not dampened by big snowstorm

December 18, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 18, 1987:

  • Local department stores were reporting that holiday sales were up from last year, with one store reporting a double-digit percentage increase for the month and the year. "We were doing real well up to the day it snowed," said Gary Parrish, manager of Woolworth's, 911 Massachusetts. "It's been excellent." He added that he didn't think his store had been hurt by shoppers leaving town to shop in malls in Kansas City or Topeka. "It seems like we have new faces coming in all the time," he said. Representatives from Ben Franklin, 805 Mass, and Pier 1, 738 Mass., were in agreement on sales having done well before the storm. Joe Flannery, president of Weaver's Inc., 901 Mass., said that his store was doing better than he had expected. "The storm affected us, but snow and cold weather seemed to get people more in the spirit and we expect a big last 10 days," Flannery said.
  • The Lawrence area might have just missed its chance at a white Christmas. The 7.5 inches of snow that had fallen on the city a few days earlier was threatened by the 80 percent chance of rain tonight and occasional rain all day tomorrow. Combined with temperatures predicted to be in the low 40s, the weather forecast probably spelled the end of the season's first big snow.

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