'Cyber Monday' is important to area merchants

'Cyber Monday' is important to area merchants
Hannah Owens
Hannah Owens

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Many of you probably clicked around the internet today looking for good holiday shopping deals on Cyber Monday. One South Georgia Store says online sales account for nearly half their business, and they saw good sales today.

The shopping frenzy isn't over yet. Lots of folks still out looking for good deals online and stores like Maebrey Market tell us they expect to stay busy until the end of the year.

Hannah Owens is staying busy on this cyber Monday.  "Its been steady this morning. We are hoping its going to get busier today," she said.

Owens hasn't stopped wrapping gifts for families who are buying presents for their loved ones from Maebrey Market, a gift shop on Ledo Road in Lee County. "We have already done over 200," she said.

And she expects to do plenty more by Christmas Day. She says they're still recovering from their busy Black Friday, and they had a great turnout. "Trying to restock and getting new orders in."

Online sales are a big driver for her business, with 40 to 50 percent of their sales happening online and through facebook. Lots of other sites, including bigger retail giants like Target got busy. Target's website posted this message this morning asking customers to please "hold tight" during high traffic while they work to get things done ASAP.

Back at Maebrey Market, Owens tells us they ship gifts to other states as well, including Florida, New York, and Alabama . "We ship all over the U.S. about three or four times a week."

And she hopes people will shop here in South Georgia. Her shop, from tasty treats to home decor, is one of many places you can find some unique items.

"Shopping local is a great thing and we hope that everyone shops everywhere, not just with us."

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