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Cathy Jett is the business editor at The Free Lance-Star, and specializes in covering the area's retail scene. You can email her at

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Nasty weather discourages shoppers

Snow, sleet and rain apparently kept shoppers away in droves from Fredericksburg-area stores early this morning.

Although several major retailers opened earlier than normal today, they looked about as busy as they do on a typical weeknight. Several of the store employees I talked with said they’d expected larger crowds, but thought the nasty weather was keeping them away.

One exception was the Bath & Body Works store in Spotsylvania Towne Centre, whose huge sale signs apparently attracted shoppers in search of bargains as they waited for the majority of mall stores to open at 10 a.m.

Mark downs on Christmas ornaments, gift wrap and bows appeared to garner the most interest at mall anchors Belk and Macy’s, which also opened early. The same was true at the Target in Central Park, where employees were busy stocking displays with the plastic storage containers that are on sale this time of year.

The weather isn’t expected to get much better today. The National Weather Service is predicting a mix of snow and sleet that will turn into rain this afternoon and continue into the evening. Tomorrow, however, will be sunny and breezy.