Hartford Downtown Square retailer owners are urging residents to shop local this Christmas Season

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Hartford, Ala. (WDHN)—The National Retail Association says the pandemic cut Black Friday crowds by half nationwide.

But by the end of tonight on this Cyber Monday, internet sales are expected to be off the charts.

At the Hartford, Dalton Pharmacy location Monday morning is especially busy during the holiday shopping season.

The family-run business started in nearby Slocomb in the early 20th-century. Local, local, local has always
been its business model. That mantra takes on more meaning during the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic.

Pharmacist Ellen Sue Kelley says
“We really appreciate the way the people of Hartford have responded locally, it’s been a tough here. We’ve lost some good people. At times’, we’ve had to go only drive-thru.
The people have been good to us through Covid.

We hope that people will continue to frequent local business.”

Hartford Mayor Neil Strickland agrees that “shopping local” takes on additional meaning during
the pandemic. In Hartford, the mayor says one can get what they need without ever having to leave town.
Mayor Neil Strickland says
“Hartford can do the same thing, we have a beautiful square and there’s going to be growth in the city. I know some
people have been contacted, some local businesses looking to put in as well.”

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