Rainy Labor Day sends shoppers to stores

Rainy Labor Day sends shoppers to stores

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There was a long line of traffic headed out of Sevier County Labor Day morning. There was a long line of traffic headed out of Sevier County Labor Day morning.
Families spending the unofficial end of summer in Sevier County were forced indoors for most of the day, which was a boon for local outlet malls. Families spending the unofficial end of summer in Sevier County were forced indoors for most of the day, which was a boon for local outlet malls.
"Anytime we come up here with my wife, shopping is the plan. Shopping and eating for me!" Gregory Harrison said. "Anytime we come up here with my wife, shopping is the plan. Shopping and eating for me!" Gregory Harrison said.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A lot of stores advertised holiday sales for Labor Day weekend, but it was wet weather may helped the most to bring in customers.

Families spending the unofficial end of summer in Sevier County were forced indoors for most of the day, which was a boon for local outlet malls.

There was a long line of traffic headed out of Sevier County Labor Day morning. Maybe they had a long drive home or maybe their Monday plans got rained out. For those who stayed, their was plenty to do inside, like taking advantage of the deals.

"It's a good day for shopping!" said Barbara Overby.

Overby and her husband were visiting Sunday from Burlington, N.C. 

"When we got here last night we just ate out and we came straight to Tanger this morning," she said.

The couple hoped to make it to Cade's Cove in the afternoon, but knew they might have to put that off until later in the week.

"We'll probably come back again even if it's not cloudy and rainy!" Overby said.

Dave Willis and his wife drove in from the Tri-Cities, but not the way they had planned. 

"We were going to come up on a motorcycle, but we decided to drive," he said.

They were searching for more to do indoors, with dark clouds looming overhead and the sky threatening to open up at any moment.

"We did Titanic, that was pretty good. We wanted to do some mini-golf, but it started raining," Willis said.

Gregory Harrison, from Columbus, Miss. said the local weather was looking good to him.

"When we left home, Isaac had come up through Louisiana and some of the rain fallout from it came through our area, so it was wetter at home than it was when we got here," he said.

Harrison said he was happy waiting for his family to finish in the stores so they could enjoy another favorite rainy day activity.

"Anytime we come up here with my wife, shopping is the plan. Shopping and eating for me!" he said.

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