Ardmore sees best December retail numbers in five years

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Numbers just in from Ardmore Chamber of Commerce show the city having its most successful holiday shopping season in five years.

The Chamber reports the city totaling $52.8 million in retail sales for the Dec. 2018, up from $51 million in Dec. 2017.

Jeff DiMiceli of the Ardmore Main Street Authority said many business downtown contributed to that success, with the Holly Jolly Shopping Days program.

31 stores took part, giving a ticket to customers for every $20 dollars spent.

Stores gave 20, 591 tickets between Nov. 23 and Dec. 20, showing $411,820 in sales from the promotion.

"And that just accounts for those people who entered in the drawing, DiMiceli said. "There were others we know that didn't participate in it so we were pleased beyond punch over that. It was great."

Businesses downtown also extended their hours on Thursday nights to 7 p.m. to allow more shopping time for folks coming from work.

Sarah Gilbert works at Eileen's Colossal Cookies, which took part in the program.

"A lot of people were able to not be on such a deadline to get cookies picked up," Gilbert said.

Eileen's Colossal Cookies saw a 33 percent increase in sales in December compared to Dec. 2017.

DiMiceli said, beginning in March, stores will extend their hours again on select Thursday nights in hopes of continuing that success.

"One of our goals is to get the depot district open to the people when they can be there, when its convenient for them," DiMiceli said. "We're really working hard on that."

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