Ollie’s, discount stores help shoppers as inflation rises

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Just in time for the holiday season, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in Watertown has moved to a new location. It held its grand opening on Tuesday.

In a time of high inflation rates, some customers say Ollie’s and discount stores like it make holiday shopping a whole lot easier.

“Everyone wants a deal. Everyone is looking for a deal. The more inflation increases, the more difficult it becomes. Everyone wants a deal on just about anything they can find,” District Manager Brent Moody said.

Customers say high prices for basic necessities like gas and heating mean they are unwilling to pay full price for optional items like books and toys. So they turn to discount stores.

One customer we spoke to says she tries to take these discounts even further.

“So we always go for the sales. When we walk into a store, we always aim for the sales display in the back. Get an extra 70% off on top of the discounted price already,” Sue Martelocke said.

With the inflation rate higher than it has been since the 1980s, another shopper says she appreciates stores that have lower prices

“Without Ollie’s, my kids wouldn’t have had Christmas at this time,” Rebecca Cabrera said.

Ollie’s is now located in the former Herb Philipson store near Arsenal Street.

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