Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014
Winter Weather Winners and Losers
CARBONDALE -- It's been a busy week for local malls and retail stores. Managers say the school closings are bringing in extra customers and boosting holiday sales.
"We had a much higher foot traffic in the mall on Monday and it was definitely due to all those closings," said University Mall manager Debra Tindall.
The cancellations have made the mall especially busy in the morning and early afternoon.
"Many retailers experienced an opportunity to pick up some of that lost business they had from the Friday closing," explained Tindall.
Thanksgiving was late this year and retailers are facing six fewer shopping days between Black Friday and Christmas. This week's cancellations give shoppers a chance to catch up.
Stores aren't the only ones seeing business spike because of the winter weather.
"We had a lot of phone calls coming in Sunday evening and into Monday about drop in care for children that are normally in school," said Jena Parson with Robin's Nest in Carterville.
It's been a busy week for day care centers.
"We had to take an extra 15 to 20 school aged children that normally go to school because their parents had to work," explained Parson.
The center called in additional staff on Monday and Tuesday to care for the extra children.
"A lot of parents were thankful we were here because many people do have to work even when the weather is bad," said Parson.
Not everyone is benefiting from the winter weather. The Red Cross reports that 8 local blood drives have been canceled since the storm hit, resulting in a shortfall of 350 donations.
Wind: 14 MPH
Humidity: 46 %