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Uncle Sam's Candy busy for the Easter weekend
SCHENECTADY -- Uncle Sam's Candy has been in business for over 80 years. This weekend, they are gearing up for one of their busiest of the entire year. Just after they opened at 8am Friday, already customers lined the store.
"Easter is so late this year that people kind of forgot. Like, they thought Easter already passed. So today into tomorrow is going to be super busy for us," says manager Deborah Butler.
But, because candy isn't a necessity, it's holidays like Easter that keep this local mainstay in business.
"Our holidays are our biggest. Our holidays pay for the rest of the year for us to go. So we really rely on our holidays to get us through," says Butler.
While Easter is one of the busiest times for them, they tell us in recent years they have seen their customer's decline.
"In years past we were a lot busier. People were more candy oriented. Today the kids don't want candy, they want tickets to the ball game or wii games. Parents aren't buying as much candy," says Butler.
So to cope with the times, they are expanding. They are adding a new location in Newton Plaza this September. But, they do plan to stay in Schenectady, just like they have been for generations. As part of the community they stress the importance of buying local.
"You want to keep your money where you live. This is where we live."