Small town store owners promote holiday customer service

HILL CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - When it comes to shopping during the holiday season, small towns like Hill City don't want you to forget about them and what they have to offer.

Places like Granite Sports in the Heart of the Hills is just one of many stores that encourage shoppers to buy local.

The owner says this time of year they see a mix between locals and visitors enter the store.

And although the owner says they don't have as big of a selection as a big box store, he says what they do have is customer service.

Granite Sports owner Pat Wiederhold, says, "I think they're going to get a little better level of customer service, because we know a lot of customers on a first name basis and they're customers that we see every two or three months. Second of all, I think when business gets done in a small town, businesses are more likely to give back to the town."

The owner says although they aren't as busy as they are in July, they have a good following during the holiday season.

He also adds that the nice weather we've had on the weekends has increased business this time of year.