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Retail sales mixed

WINSTED — It was the best of times and, well, not so much, during the holidays for local shops.

Main Street retailers reported mixed sales during the holiday season, with some stores doing much better than others.

John Dwan, owner of the Winsted Super Saver Saver, said the grocery store did very well during the holiday season.

“We do a lot of special orders for customers during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays,” Dwan said. “We had a very good response from our customers this holiday season. I think the economy is a little better, but I do think 2010 was a tough year for families in Winsted.”

Dwan said the store will be going through a renovation sometime in 2011.

“We will be expanding out meat and deli departments,” Dwan said. “We are positive about the economy and about business, but we recognize it’s tough out there. When will it get better? I don’t know. I would like to think that 2011 will be better than 2010 and 2012 will be better than 2011. However, I think it will be a slow recovery for the economy.”

This & That store owner Reggie Davis said that his holiday sales were pretty good, but said that he sees a lot of people struggling with money.

“In December, you could tell it was the holiday season because we had more than our usual average sales,” Davis said. “I don’t think the economy is getting better, but I’m trying to look at things positively. It’s hard to say when the economy will get better.”

Davis said he has expanded the store’s merchandise offerings and even put in a body piercing studio.

Winsted Pawn & Jewelry co-owner Angelina Fowler said her store did pretty well during the holiday season.

“We had our annual 40 percent off storewide sale in December,” Fowler said. “I think the economy is recovering slowly but surely, but things are always uncertain. You never quite know with the economy.”

David Godburn, owner of A Step Back in Time, said that his holiday sales were a little bit down from last year.

“Even though this year’s holiday sales were down, I think it wasn’t too bad,” Godburn said. “I still think the economy is hurting. It’s taking a long time for it to recover.”

Winchester Antiques owner Linda Lawson said her store’s sales were not good at all.

“Holiday sales were very, very slow,” Lawson said. “People aren’t coming in shopping. I think in this economy people don’t have the money to shop for antiques. I don’t think the economy is going to get better for a while.”

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