Slower after Christmas rush

Published 6:05 pm Friday, December 26, 2008

Some stores are calling yesterday the new Black Friday including the Clanton Wal-Mart.

Although the store was full of busy shoppers, Customer Service Manager Linda Porter said that this was one of the slowest days after Christmas that she has seen, as far as returns and exchanges go anyway.

Wal-Mart Manager Tyson Elrod said that yesterday was a good day of business.

“The traffic has not been really bad for returns and for exchanges, but we have had a good bit of people coming in and spending their gift cards,” Elrod said.

Wal-Mart opened their doors bright and early Friday morning with the expectations of having a crowd the size of last year, especially in the return department.

When the doors opened and the crowds came in, the customer service desk was surprised to see that only six or seven people were there for returns or exchanges.

“It wasn’t until late in the day that we even had a line build up. We had brought in a few extra people to work at the customer service desk today to make sure we kept everything flowing, and it turned out that there were not as many people coming in as we expected,” Porter said.

April Moses, a cashier at the customer service desk said that things had been steady but that over all they had a good day with few rude or annoyed people.

Overall, Wal-Mart was not as busy as they prepared for.

“Things were a lot worse after last year’s Christmas holiday, and even as hectic as things have been today it was still a less stressful day than it could have been,” Porter said.