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Ky. businesses prepare for busy holiday shopping season amid supply chain issues

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 4:39 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington businesses, big and small, are preparing for a busy holiday shopping season.

The Fayette Mall is back to pre-pandemic levels for foot traffic and is gearing up for a big holiday shopping season, according to a spokesperson.

“Traffic in sales have rebounded considerably from earlier this year and last year,” said Stacey Keating, a spokesperson for CBL Properties, which owns the Fayette Mall.

Keating says the demand has been pent up by the pandemic.

“People received stimulus checks, they weren’t going out and spending on travel and other experiences so they’ve got more money saved up,” Keating said.

Shop Local Kentucky is one of many Lexington businesses gearing up for the holiday shopping season.

Co-owner Rick Paynter says he is looking forward to having customers back in his stores this winter after only offering online shopping during this time last year due to the pandemic.

Paynter says, despite dealing with staffing shortages and supply chain issues, Shop Local Kentucky is in a good spot entering the holiday season.

Paynter says his business is driven largely by e-commerce, but he thinks shoppers who try to order online can’t wait until the last minute this year because of longer delivery times. So, he hopes to welcome lots of customers into his new West High Street location and spread some holiday happiness.

“We want to make people smile,” Paynter said. “That’s the goal of our business, in general, is that when people come in, they feel welcome and, especially, because they’re probably coming out for the first time since the pandemic.”

Paynter said that those e-commerce options are still there for those who are uncomfortable. But those who want to shop online should do so soon. Paynter added that once certain items run out of stock at his store, they likely won’t be available again until March or April.

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