Tuscaloosa store owners are expecting more business for Christmas

Tuscaloosa store owners are expecting more business for Christmas

Charles Spurlin is the owner of the Shirt Shop in downtown Tuscaloosa. He says he is glad his business is going well, and many other stores are seeing things turn around this holiday season.

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  • Spurlin tells CBS 42 that last year was a different story.            

  • “This year we are having a great football season and people are so hungry for Alabama football and they are coming here in big numbers and we are doing well of course. This Christmas season, the Shirt Shop is busy,” said Spurlin.

Jim Page says Alabama football gets a lot of credit for more customers going out to shop. Page is the Director of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. He also believes more shoppers this season is great for the economy.

“Last year was a different approach to Christmas, we were wearing a mask and people were not moving around as much, and the University was tight,” Spurlin said. “Business was different and tight.”

“Well I think this holiday season, consumer confidence is up and we feel better about where we are from a health and safety standpoint. We’ve had a great football season which has helped the local businesses. But we are seeing that the shopping season is looking like it’s going to be significantly better,” Page said.

Page hopes the positive shopping trend to local stores like the Shirt Shop will continue to thrive this season.