Stores bulking up on employees, hours to handle post-holiday rush on Sunday

Last-minute shoppers fill Mesa Mall in Grand Junction before Christmas Eve on Friday. Most retailers will be closed today for Christmas but will open Sunday with after-Christmas sales.

Fuzzy, pink bunny slippers not on your Christmas wish list?

Pining instead for a Kindle or tool set?

If you awakened this morning to something under the tree that was too big, too small, or too, shall we say, not you, and you’re eager to remedy the situation, you need not worry.

Several Grand Valley businesses will open early and close late Sunday to not only accommodate the piles of returned gifts, but entice shoppers with a fresh round of post-holiday sales.

Sunday can often be a down day for businesses, both in terms of operating hours and staffing levels.

That’s not the case, though, when the day after Christmas falls on a Sunday.

“We’re staffing it as though it will be one of the biggest days of the year,” said an assistant store manager at J.C. Penney Co. who didn’t want to be identified.

The Mesa Mall department store, which is usually open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, will double its hours this Sunday.

Between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., shoppers can take advantage of a rare “doorbuster” event, something that’s usually held on Saturdays.

Target will beef up the number of employees at its guest-services desk and have a line dedicated to returns. The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

A loss-prevention manager who didn’t want to be identified said the store’s hours reflect a continuation of Target’s holiday hours before it returns to its regular business hours on Monday.

“We will staff to the needs of the business,” the loss-prevention manager said. “We’re assuming we’ll get quite a few returns.”

Samantha Ryan, one of several managers at Old Navy, 2464 U.S. Highway 6&50, said the retailer will boost the number of employees to process returns, take gift cards and pitch a new sale that starts Sunday.

The business in the Grand Mesa Shopping Center will be open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“We’ll have plenty of staff and a game plan to make sure we keep everybody happy,” Old Navy store manager Freda Psencik said.


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