Storm Keeps Shoppers Away from Downtown Mall

December 8, 2013

There are only two more shopping weekends before Christmas. This is usually a busy time for stores, but Sunday's inclement weather kept many people inside and several shops closed.

There were not a lot of shoppers on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville Sunday. And those who stepped out in the cold, wet conditions didn't have much to choose from. Many restaurants and other businesses shut down early or didn't open at all.

Ten Thousand Villages kept its doors open through the slushy weather Sunday. It was a slow day for employees at the business, but they say it's still better than the zero sales they would have made if they closed for the day.

"This is prime shopping time and our philosophy is pretty much go big or go home so we are willing to try just about anything, so if we could get a few sales today, it was worth it for us," said assistant manager Valerie Nyhuis.

Nyhuis says they can see upwards of one thousand shoppers on a single weekend day before Christmas. During Sunday's storm, they only had 25 customers stop by.

The Nook posted a sign saying it closed at 2 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. so employees could avoid potentially slick roads.

Cha Cha's posted a sign simply stating, "Closed due to yucky weather."

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