Colorado Retail Council President Chris Howes talked about the early start to the 2012 holiday shopping season.
"Do you remember when you were a kid and Santa Claus would come at the end of the Thanksgiving Day Parade? Now he's coming over for dinner. He's coming a little early this year. That seems to be the trend in the retail industry, [with] more choices, more specials, more options and earlier bargains," Howes said.
Howes went into detail about how the retailers are adjusting to the higher demands.
"Typically, the retailers will open the doors, people want to come in and shop. So, I think that's what's happening, just more choices in the industry. You're seeing the layaway programs becoming more popular, longer hours and certainly we're excited to offer newer electronics, new specials on toys, and it's going to be a fun year," Howes said.
Howes also explained the different kind of deals people can expect going into the holiday season.
"I think you're going to see a combination of deals on the Internet, deals that you can find on an application on your cellphone, just more personalized for each shopper and other than that, I think just more electronics," Howes said.
Nationally, retail outlets are optimistic about the possible business they may get, but Howes talked about what Colorado retailers should expect from the holiday season.
"Our prediction is that we're going to be four percent improved over last year. So we're looking at a modest gain, it probably wont be a spectacular season, but it will be a good solid shopping season," Howes said.
Howes also touched job openings from the holiday season
"It's a great time to go find a part-time job if you're looking for [retail] work. We've certainly seen a lot of retailers gear up for a year they think will be solid," Howes said.
For more information, you can go to www.coloradoretail.org.
Nate Chisholm contributed to this report.
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