Local shops prepare for holiday sales

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Tis the season for employees staying busy folding clothes, stocking shelves, and getting Christmas displays ready.

Palmetto Moon co-owner Eric Holzer says holiday season preps have been going on for weeks and the company nearly doubled its staff for the busy shopping season.

"We get more cash registers operating. More sales people available so we can get our customers through our store. People want to be able to see the product displayed well so the foot traffic will definitely expand, but that's why the staff grows," Holzer said.

Some companies say they begin holiday hiring as early as August to be prepared for Black Friday and the busy weeks to come.

Overall the National Retail Federation estimates 500,000 seasonal employees will be hired this year to handle the forecasted $465 billion in holiday sales.

Palmetto Moon says holiday hiring involves weeks of training. Holzer estimates they've trained nearly 60 new hires for temporary jobs at the seven stores statewide.

"Training is really important because the reason we are bringing more people on is to help our customers. We did a big training session with all of our new people last weekend so everyone's up to speed on the product, up to speed on customers and what they're going to be looking for, how to service them, how to help them, and we did a lot of that in the last couple weeks and will continue to do that," Holzer said.

And even though the hires come for seasonal work, business owners say there is always the potential for the position to become a full time job.

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