Howard County retailers are hoping for a strong holiday shopping season after being encouraged by the Thanksgiving weekend turnout.
There was steady traffic in Columbia and Ellicott City. Wesley Rebisz, associate general manager at The Mall in Columbia, said shopping inside the mall was strong because of the holiday incentives.
"We had a great turnout; lots of shopping bags," Rebisz said. "Most importantly, the shoppers were out here from open to close [and] all retailers really experienced an increase in sales over the prior year. It was just a great weekend. We're looking for it to be a positive indicator of this holiday season."