Shoppers spending less this year

The Seatac Mall is working its way through an economic downturn this holiday season, but it’s not necessarily doing worse than other comparable malls.

“We’re following the trends of every mall,” Seatac Mall Marketing Director Kelley Gast said. “Things are a little soft. We’re following suit.”

Still, certain categories of product will unexpectedly climb some weeks. Items like electronics or home furnishings — things people normally wouldn’t buy in a recession — still are being purchased this year, though not in consistently high numbers.

And some stores are weathering the decrease in shoppers pretty well.

“It depends on the type of tenant and customer loyalty,” Gast said.

She listed some of the mall’s attractions, including Santa Claus, that keep shoppers coming in the doors.

“There are lines for Santa, but our Santa is so awesome,” she said.

The mall might be a little extra crowded this weekend because of a Bon Marche event.

Last year’s economy was so good, it’s almost unfair to measure this year by that standard.

“Last year is a hard year to compare to. It was so high,” Gast said. “We’re hoping to pull out flat compared to last year.”

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