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Colliers' Executive Director Jason Ryals speaks on the importance of shopping small this holiday season

“It’s expected to be the most lucrative shopping weekend ever,” said Jason Ryals

Black Friday might bring throngs of shoppers to major retailers nationwide and Cyber Monday has consumers clicking away for the best online deals, but in between the two is a day just for the locals: Small Business Saturday.

“It’s expected to be the most lucrative shopping weekend ever,” said Jason Ryals, executive director at Colliers International. There's more disposable income right now; the economy is strong and they're expecting huge amounts of income.”

In honor of the quasi-holiday, groups like Downtown Vision and Visit Jacksonville are spreading the word that small businesses need support from both local residents and visitors.

“We want to make sure people are aware of all the local things that are available in Jacksonville,” said Patty Winters, communication manager for Visit Jacksonville. “I think that’s the best thing we can do for the small businesses. “

Participating businesses included: 10/six Grille, Arepa Please, Chamblin’s Uptown, Christmas Made in the South, Dry Bar Brooklyn, Hyppo Jacksonville, the MOSH gift shop, Riverside Arts Market, St. Johns River Taxi, Sweet Pete’s Candy, Top Notch Barbershop and Wolf & Club.

Several recent surveys indicate the market for small businesses is doing well. According to the Shop Small survey, average of $0.67 of every dollar spent at a small business remains in the local community and 74 percent of shoppers are choosing to support small businesses in their community.

Read more about Jacksonville's Small Business Saturday.

Source | Jacksonville Business Journal

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Jason Ryals

Executive Director


Jason has over 16 years of experience in commercial real estate in Northeast Florida. He has completed over $400,000,000 in transactions in his career. His brokerage activities are focused on Tenant representation and expansion for National and Regional restaurant and retail chains, outparcel marketing and asset disposition.

Jason has extensive knowledge of the North Florida market, along with strong relationships with the dominant landlords and development companies in the region

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