Cyber Monday impacts local businesses

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - "Today sales being Cyber Monday I think are equally as good compared to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday," said Judy Bieck, Candle Crest.

Cyber Monday is a day for online shopping.

"122 million people who will be shopping online today," said Dennis Horton, Better Business Bureau.

Owners of Candle Crest are staying busy in stores.

"The doors have been opening and closing all day so it hasn't affected us at all," Bieck said.

During the holiday weekend, all items were 20%off.

"It truly is our way of saying thank you for coming in and shopping local," Bieck said.

The CherryVale Mall staff doesn't expect to see it's foot traffic slow down until after the holidays.

"I think people enjoy being able to get things for everybody on their list in one location," said Melissa Cavanagh, CherryVale Mall.

Cavanagh says it is because many people still enjoy shopping in stores more than online.

"In a store or a mall you might see something that is the perfect gift that you had no idea because being here and seeing all your options," Cavanagh said.

The Better Business Bureau predictions show most online shopping will be done between ten at night and two in the morning which could help local merchants.

"Local merchants will still benefit from what is a good economy and people during this time are out doing the shopping," Horton said.

The BBB recommended local businesses sell products online.

"It can only benefit you. You reap the benefits of both models," Horton said.

"Shopping local that means everything to us and I think Rockford as a whole understands that and it's wonderful," Bieck said.

The BBB predicts shoppers will spend $9 billion on Cyber Monday, which is up 19% from last year.