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Retailers Expect More Customers, Despite Weather

With more than ten inches of snow Wednesday, many stores either closed early or didn’t open at all. Retailers are hoping business will pick up since they missed out on the day-after-Christmas rush.

An emergency travel warning was issued Wednesday, restricting anyone except for authorized vehicles to drive on the streets. General Manager of JL Waters Jim Williams says his store was slow the day after Christmas and he had to close early because of the snow.

"We actually ended up closing at 1:00 p.m," Williams says.  "We were actually the last business downtown that was actually still open.  The bank and Bake house restaurant all closed before we did."

Williams says he hopes to attract more shoppers with sales now that the weather has calmed down. Ellettsville resident Leslie Sherwood was one of those people. She says since the roads are mostly cleared, she came in town to do some shopping.

"I had a gift certificate from my brother for JL Waters so I got some new winter gloves," Sherwood says.

Besides Sherwood, few shoppers ventured out Thursday, but store owners say they expect business will pick up in the coming days.

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