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Downtown hoping for healthy sales

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Friday kicks off the Christmas shopping season with retailers offering double jingle bells tickets, yuletide sampler and extended hours.


But while most retailers in malls around the state hope for a sales boost, one Park Rapids shop isn't counting on it.

"If I had a 2 percent increase, I would be lucky," said owner of Ben Franklin John Lutz.

The most profitable season downtown is not Christmas, it's the summer months and around the Fourth of July holiday, he said.

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