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Snow means business for many metro-Richmond retailers

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

While classrooms close across the area, many businesses kept their doors open Thursday. Retailers said, they try to stay open as long as possible before adverse weather forces them to close.

Businesses rely on the sales they get during winter storms and so it's costly to close completely.

Shoppers at a Chesterfield ABC store told NBC12, the product sold there is as essential for a snow day as milk, eggs or bread.

"Liquor is one of the things you need because it's cold outside and it does keep you warm," said shopper Ronald McClain. That way you don't have to run your heat too much. Besides, what are you going to do with lemons but make lemonade? This is a whole lot of lemon going on right now and I'm going to make some good lemonade tonight."

An ABC spokeswoman says safety is the agency's top priority but customer service is a close second. ABC's Becky Gettings said in an email, their stores stay open as long as possible without putting their employees in jeopardy.

That philosophy applies to other retailers too, like those at local malls. At Southpark Mall, the snow wasn't keeping shoppers away.

The parking lot was fairly full considering the weather and many were filtering into the movie theater there.

According to an employee at Dick's Sporting Goods, many people shopped during Thursday's snow day and they saw stellar sales. That's because people braved the weather after coming down with cabin fever.

"I was really bored in the house today," said shopper Nadia Stith. She was one of many at Dick's. "There were a lot more people than I thought but it wasn't too bad."

Southpark Mall was completely closed at 8:00p.m., an hour and a half before regular business hours. Most malls including Regency, Short Pump, Chesterfield Towne Center and Stony Point either closed early or didn't open at all, which may be bad for business but is better for workers' well-being.

On Friday, some shopping centers are either opening late or are staying closed. So retailers say, the best thing to do is call ahead for business hours.

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