Digital exclusivity: local clothing stores selling work clothes see sales increase amid crisis
ALZERNE COUNTY (WBRE / WYOU-TV) – Many local clothing stores were relieved when they reopened in the yellow and green phases. The owners say the time on closing was horrible.
“The doors were closed, locked. Shipments could not arrive, orders could not be placed. It was absolutely terrible, ”Eric Kuhn, owner of La Haberdashery and Luxury Goods at Forty Fort.
Now, says Kuhn, retail stores are surviving, but not thriving.
“It’s slowly picking up, a lot of people are getting a little more comfortable going out. But the numbers are still down substantially. “
Yuki Spencer is the owner of Yuki’s in Kingston. She says she has also seen a difference in the number of customers. She says the spring and summer months are normally busy.
“They have a graduation party or a wedding and so many events for this spring and summer. But a lot of events are canceled. So they don’t need anything special for this event. So that made a big difference to me, ”said Spencer.
Spencer says his profits fell 50% in May and June. But why are fewer people buying clothes?
“I think people are still afraid to come. I do whatever I can, I clean several times a day every day, I have Lysol spray cans, I smooth out the clothes after someone tries them on. But I think people are in a constant state of shock and fear right now, ”Kuhn said.
While everyday clothing retail has seen a decrease in customer numbers, work item stores have seen the opposite.
“Everyone was getting stimulus money. Second, they had been out of work for so long and needed work clothes. So they need to get quality products and new products, ”said James Yozbiak, director of Keefer’s army and navy.
The problem now lies in supply and demand, as more and more people buy from Keefer’s Army and Navy.
“Our products, however, we have products made in the USA, but some of these warehouses where we get our product from, we ship it by sea and the turnaround time right now is just not good. . “