Business booms for Replacements, Ltd.

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MCLEANSVILLE, N.C. -- With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, some are starting to think about Thanksgiving meal. And with that -- what to serve it on?

For that reason, it's the busiest time of the year for Replacements, Ltd. in McLeansville.

The company's Senior Vice President, Jack Whitley, says in November and December, Replacements, Ltd. does a third of its yearly business.

"It's china, crystal, glassware, sterling silver, stainless, collectible figurines," he says, that encourage shoppers to visit this time of year.

Replacements, Ltd. has millions of items in stock, belonging to more than 400,000 patterns of china and silver.

Shoppers say they can find anything they need -- and then some.

"Visiting this time of year is kind of like the winter wonderland," says Kathleen Clift, a regular to the store. "Everywhere you look, there is something fabulous."

The store does much of its business online, shipping to locations all over the world.

Jack Whitley encourages customers to buy now, rather than in a couple weeks, to beat the holiday rush that often hits shipping companies.

"Last year, the shippers had some problems as we got closer to the holidays," Whitley said. "And so many people are shopping online that I think it strains the systems of the shippers. So if you can get it done early, it removes just a little bit of stress."

Replacements, Ltd. is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Its showroom is located at 1089 Knox Road in McLeansville.

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