Bargain stores win


Bargain stores like Target and TJ Maxx are the major stops for Southern Oregon shoppers.

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Holiday shoppers in Southern Oregon are spending less time at the mall and more time at discount stores like Target and TJ Maxx.

While some mall businesses have continued their Black Friday sales, some shoppers still find better bargains elsewhere.

Even with sales at the mall, “their prices are still high, especially compared to places like this (Ross) and TJ Maxx,” Jesse Atchley said. His wife was laid off from her job as an office manager at a dental office last June. Meanwhile, his health insurance premiums recently more than doubled at his job at a water delivery company, and he had to give up the family health insurance plan, which would have cost him $1,300 per month. The couple hopes to place their five children on the Oregon Health Plan.

Some shoppers who said they haven’t been directly impacted by the economic downturn also have been turning to discount retail stores to find holiday gifts.

Read the full story at the Mail Tribune.

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