COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - We haven't made it to the Halloween or Thanksgiving season yet, but retail stores are already getting ready for Christmas.
Research shows holiday sales are expected to be down this year across the country, but some stores in Columbus aren't worried about the research, they are concerned about being prepared for the holiday shopping season.
Shoppers like Jeryl Porter don't mind at all. He starts Christmas shopping a year early.
Porter said, "I start thinking of Christmas shopping in January. So if you start getting one gift once a month, so by December you'll probably be finished or have two gifts to give."
Kmart manager David Williams said craft stores are beginning to sells trees and other decorations earlier in the year so stores like Kmart must compete with them as well.
Despite new research from Shoppertrak that shows holidays sales will slow down this year, Williams believes Kmart will do well.
"We expect to have a good holiday season. They may talk about it being soft but so far in Columbus the two stores we have in Columbus and Phenix city we're seeing good progress going forward. The Columbus market is growing."
The research also suggests people will be turning to online shopping more this year which would slow down consumer traffic in stores.
Williams isn't worried about losing out on sales to the web.
He said, "You can actually go online you can buy from a Sears store you can buy from a Kmart store or you can have it shipped right to your house."
If you get a kick at looking at Rudolph or Frosty and would rather shop in a store instead of front of a computer now is the time.
Kmart already has their Christmas display up and has started hiring seasonal workers.