BANGOR – Last year, Thanksgiving was on the 22nd and this year it was on the 28th. It might not seem like much, but that six day difference impacted local store owners’ pockets.
For them, a shortened holiday season meant fewer opportunities to make money.
“I think everybody was a bit worried this year that there was going to be a bit of an off-season. There’s a lot of people who just don’t start until the day after Thanksgiving, and when you do have fewer days that obviously affects the way people shop. I think we were all a little concerned about what it was going to be this year, but overall I think it worked out okay,” said Rick Vigue, who owns Rebecca’s in downtown Bangor.
He says obviously, the date on which Thanksgiving falls remains out of his control so there isn’t anything store owners can do, except roll with the punches.
But another store owner says with Thanksgiving being so late in November, it may have created a sense of urgency in December for customers to pick up the slack caused by the loss of holiday season shopping days.
“It was a bit of slow start and all of a sudden Christmas is here, and I think it caught a number of people a little unaware, so there was a last-minute rush like there usually is. But I think this year there really was, but we had a good season,” said Epic Sports’ Owner Brad Ryder.
Besides the late date of Thanksgiving, another factor that impacted the holiday season was the weather.
For some, the weather made a positive impact.
“Speaking of weather, we didn’t have that to contend with this year. Last year we did have some storms in December, and we did not have to contend with that this year,” Ryder said.