As the biggest shopping season wraps up, some downtown retailers are left disappointed with the sales results.
One downtown jewellery retailer told CJAD holiday sales were down 85 percent compared to last year.
“Sales dropped in December, we ended up having a catastrophic holiday season, it has been extremely bad, one of the worst on record,” Jason Cormier, an employee at the store, told CJAD.
Cormier said that while their downtown location was hard hit, off island stores saw a peak, which he says, indicates a change in Montrealers shopping habits.
“There is not a lot of shopping going on downtown but we can see the contrast because we have jewellery stores set up in malls, on the south shore and in Quebec City, and they’re actually doing very well.”
Cormier said that while the weather could have stopped some shoppers most of his customers complained about coming downtown because of traffic and parking.