Boardman stores report steady business from last-minute shoppers

Shoppers filled the parking lot of the Southern Park Mall on Wednesday, and Rulli Brothers reported a steady stream of last-minute shoppers.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s getting down to the wire for holiday shopping. While some are picking up last-minute gifts, others haven’t even started checking things off their Christmas lists.

If you drove through Boardman on Wednesday, you probably sat in traffic, as shoppers filled the parking lot at the Southern Park Mall. Inside, shoppers were on a mission.

The mall says foot traffic has been steady all holiday season. One shopper back at home for the holidays said it is not too bad.

“I thought the crowd would be a lot bigger, so it’s kind of nice. There is a little bit of a crowd, but not too much,” said Chloe Toman, of Washington, D.C.

Lori Reda, director of marketing at the Southern Park Mall, said business had been steady for most of the day Wednesday.

“You know, there’s peak times, but everybody is kind of out right now looking for some deals, and, you know, just finding some of those last-minute gifts,” Reda said.

The Rulli Brothers grocery store in Boardman was also slammed with shoppers getting items for their holiday dinners.

“This is the top-five busiest days of the year, on the 23rd of December, so this is the day you have to make it happen,” said General Manager Michael Rulli.

Ham and prime rib are the popular sellers this year, but so are the Italian Christmas dinner classics, according to the store.

“Being an Italian specialty, we’re selling a lot of olives and prosciutto. We’re selling a ton of the Italian greens and clementines,” Rulli said.

Rulli says the Austintown store is just as busy. While things are a little crazy right now, he said he loves every minute of it.

“So a lot of these people I have known my entire life, so it’s really not complete until you get a chance to hug them and wish them a Merry Christmas,” he said.

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