The Tampa Bay Area sees record holiday shopping – CBS Tampa

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

According to the Florida Retail Federation, Florida is forecast to see record holiday shopping!

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The International Plaza and Bay Street Mall have had a steady flow of people 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 rising throughout the holidays.

Mall buyer Celena Dixon says, “When I stepped in, I didn’t know there were going to 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.

Another shopper, Amanda Mouzanner, says, “Especially on Tuesday! Shouldn’t people be at work? ”

Whatever the day of the week, if you walk to International Plaza and Bay Street Mall, you’ll probably see a lot of people on holiday shopping.

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

As the weather cools in the Tampa Bay area and people start traveling during the pandemic, more people will show up for shopping.

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Brooke Verner, another shopper, says “Winter clothes for our trip to New York lately. Yeah. That’s a good part of what I bought.”

After nearly two years in the middle of a pandemic, buyers are increasingly coming out.

“This is their chance to go shopping again. Last year, because of COVID-19, a lot of people couldn’t see their family, and this year it’s a little more spacious and they can do everything, Mouzanner said.

Model Marketing Director Lindsay Grinstead says record purchases will be made in November compared to 2019, and she sees growth well ahead of the normal Christmas shopping season… and last weekend looks similar to Black Friday.

“We were queuing side by side in many of our stores this weekend,” Grinstead said.

The National and Florida Retail Federation forecasts that sales will increase by 8.5 to 10.5 percent from 2020 to November.

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

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Model officials say that since they see an increase in Christmas purchases now, you should make your purchase a little earlier.


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