Getting people to spend this holiday season

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Store owners at the Edgewater Mall hope slow sales might soon turn a corner.

"Hopefully, it'll turn for the best here soon with the holiday season," says Nazeb Baham owner of Zevo Urbanwear.

Baham says he's getting people in the store with a more traditional approach, just more drastic compared to years past.

"We've had tremendous mark downs in the last six months just to stay afloat and pay bills," says Baham.

Baham's dealing with slipping sales at two stores.

"Unfortunately, we didn't see the crisis coming so we opened up in December of last year," says Baham.

He opened up Image Menswear next door last December. It offers mens' suits and formal wear. Despite a slow down in sales, Baham says a faithful client base and the introduction of layaway at the new store has helped.

On the other side of the mall is Riley's, a shop serving infants through elementary age children. Owner Kim Riley says she's cutting back on orders and trying another approach to stocking her store.

"We're working a lot with the customers on special orders instead of bringing the merchandise all in at one time," says Riley.

She hopes this along with the holiday season will keep faithful customers coming.

"Black Friday we'll be running specials.  The mall opens at 5 o'clock, and we'll be right along with them," says Riley.

No matter what brings people to the mall to shop this holiday season,  Baham says the message from fellow store owners is the same.

"Come on out and see us. We need as many customers as we can, especially this year."