Tampa Bay Area Watching a Record Holiday Shopping – CBS Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – Retail owners are preparing for a busy holiday season!

According to the Florida Retail Federation, Florida is anticipating seeing record-breaking holiday shopping!

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At International Plaza and Bay Street Mall, there is a steady stream of people coming in and out all day, and it’s only Tuesday,

Mall officials say they saw a record number of shoppers this November, and they expect that number to continue to rise over the holidays.

Celena Dixon, a shopper at the mall, says “When I walked in, I didn’t know there would be so many people during the day. That’s why I decided to come this time because I know everyone would work, but not at all. ”

Amanda Mouzanner, another buyer, says “Especially for Tuesday! Don’t people have to be at work?”

Whatever day of the week it is, if you walk into the International Plaza and Bay Street Mall, you’re likely to see a lot of people making their holiday shopping.

“Oh Lord, my kids want Jordan and I can’t find them anywhere,” Dixon said.

With the weather getting cooler in the Tampa Bay Area, and people being more comfortable traveling in the pandemic, more people are showing up at the stores.

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Brooke Verner, another buyer, says “Winter clothes for our trip to New York City recently. Yes. That’s a good part of what I bought.”

After almost two years of being in the middle of a pandemic, buyers are leaving more.

“This is their chance to buy again. Last year because of COVID-19, a lot of people couldn’t see their family, and this year it’s a little more open and they can, so they get it all out, ”Mouzanner said.

Marketing director of marketing, Lindsay Grinstead, says November shows a record purchase compared to 2019, and she sees the increase well ahead of the normal holiday shopping … with last weekend similar to Black Friday.

“We’ve been shoulder to shoulder this weekend with lines from many of our stores,” Grinstead said.

The National and Florida Retail Federation predicts that sales from November to December will increase between 8.5% and 10.5% compared to 2020.

“We’re all trying to get back to the standard, whatever the standard is, we’re trying to get back to what we’re used to,” Dixon said.

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Mall officials say that because they now see such an increase in holiday shopping, you may want to make your purchases a little earlier.

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