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It’s no secret that consumer spending throughout the country has been down, on account of COVID-19. However, some retailers are reporting record sales numbers in May and June. We reached out to several local retailers to learn more.
Sales on the Rise
According to Yahoo! Finance, retail sales nationwide jumped 17.7% in May—wow! In normal circumstances, that jump would be significant in and of itself. However, the sales increases is doubly significant, as it follows a sharp 16.4% plunge in April.
So what happened? Well, there are numerous factors. In March and April, retailers and consumers were both getting used to our “new normal”, and many retailers had not even opened their doors yet. In May and June, customers were able to visit shops for the first time in months—abiding by social distancing requirements—and release some of their pent-up sales demand!
Here’s how the past couple of months have turned out for a few Birmingham retailers.
When I first called the Birmingham branch of Driver’s Way, I was quickly told to reach out to the Pelham location—their team was so busy with sales, they literally didn’t have the time!
Since the Pelham team had a bit of time to answer my questions, they confirmed my suspicions—sales have been very healthy for Driver’s Way in May. In fact, the spokesperson claimed this was the best business he’d seen in seven years!
Although the team didn’t have the numbers, they could tell the car market is recovering nicely from April’s plunge. Now, the battle is acquiring inventory and maintaining stock.
Mayer Electric is a Birmingham-based, family- and women-owned business with 79 locations across 14 states. The company is a wholesale distributor of electrical products, equipment and services—serving contractors, commercial businesses, residential customers and more.
Although Mayer has lost some of their bigger jobs, sales are on the uptick in May. Although a majority of their employees have been working from home, the Birmingham location recently began letting customers back in while abiding by social-distancing requirements.
Outlet Shops of Grand River
The Outlet Shops of Grand River, the large shopping mall in Leeds, saw the majority of its stores reopen (with reduced hours and extra precautions) in May and June. Although the spokesperson did not have the May or June numbers from each store yet, she knew that sales had been very pleasing lately—even slightly ahead of their projections.
Closets by Design
Closets by Design—the team that works together with their clients to design, manufacture and install the organizational spaces of their dreams—has seen a very promising trend in sales lately. In fact, while sales are up year-over-year, the exciting news is that June is on track to be a record-breaking month!