Small Businesses Expecting Big Sales For Memorial Day

May 25, 2018

A study from Womply ranks Utah at number five in the nation for best sales for independently owned retailers on Memorial Day.
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Memorial Day could be busier for local businesses in Utah compared to other states. One study ranks Utah at number five in the nation for best sales on Memorial Day.

“We would prefer to take Memorial Day off,” said Mark Anderson.

He and his wife Ronnette are the owners of Anderson’s Seed and Garden in Logan, Utah.

“Since it is such a big gardening day we open at 8:00 a.m. and we stay open until 1:00 p.m.”

Anderson said he has full staff all weekend and Monday.

“There’s a lot of people that like to stay home and instead of traveling they’ll stay home and work in the garden or they’ll plant flowers or they’ll plant trees and they’ll try and beautify their yard and make things look nice, do some planters,” Anderson said. “So we feel like we have to be open for six hours just to keep our cliental happy.”

Since Anderson’s grandmother started the business in 1942, he said they look forward to Memorial Day every year.

“It’s a productive day for us,” Anderson said.

According to an analysis from Womply, it will be a productive day for businesses throughout the state.

Brad Plothow, vice president of marketing and communications at Womply said Memorial Day has terrible sales nationally.

“In Utah, it couldn’t be more inverted,” Plothow said. “Memorial Day is the number five day of the year for retailers in Utah. They see three more transactions per day at $71 more per transaction. Daily revenue is up almost 80 percent compared to the average day in Utah.”

Businesses take advantage of the many Utahns that choose to do ‘stay-cations’ and shop locally. Plothow said people respond well to all the deals offered on Memorial Day.

“This is a good thing for the local economy,” Plothow said. “It’s a good thing for local retailers who need every edge they can get these days.”

Plothow said shoppers can expect packed stores and long lines, but you should still get out and see what your local businesses have to offer.