Nov 24, 2009 6:05 AM by John Romero

Store shelves may be a little skimpier than usual this Christmas

As the holiday shopping season quickly approaches you may notice a little less next time you go to the store. Across the nation inventories are down, but in most cases it's not the stores fault.
"Our consumers believe we're not really ordering the product for them. But what it is, is we're not able to get it from the vendors." says Matt Chmielarczyk, a manager at Mountain Chalet in Colorado Springs,

Anticipating less than stellar Christmas sales, many vendors have cut down on manufacturing. It's making things tough on retailers. "We are finding on items that are particularly popular here, when we go to re-order quite often the vendor don't have it." says Terra Verde owner Chris Sondermann. Chmielarczyk agrees, "We're having to re-think the way we do things." he explains,
"Certain products that we know are heavy hitter for us and standard issue products are not being manufactured which puts us in a bind."

Things like shoes, shirts and other apparel aren't coming in as abundantly as store owners would like prompting retailers to give one major piece of advice... If it's available now, get it now. It may not be on shelves for long.

Many stores such as Terra Verde and Moutnain Chalet have ordered a little more than normal to try to offset some of the losses. On another note if you're looking to shop downtown this Christmas you're in luck, parking is free the first three Saturdays of December



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