Postponed debate could leave store owners with merchandise

OXFORD, MS (WMC-TV) - The banners are up on the square in downtown Oxford.  Welcoming people to the debate. Banners with a date on them. $20,000 worth of banners for a debate that might be postponed.

"It's a little aggravating. I'm not sure when I heard. But a lot of people are disgusted by the possibility," businessman Chris Davis said.

Davis manages an Oxford pizza restaurant.  He ordered a lot of extra food in anticipation of a lot more customers.

"It's something for any business or restaurant. We have some food we might not be able to get rid of this weekend," Davis said.

Over at Cat Daddies, it is not food they have a lot of, but specially printed t-shirts for the debate with dates on them.

"We've had a lot of people come in. Not from just here but from other places. Some people are buying 10 at time."

But Cat Daddies has a large inventory of shirts and if the debate is off for Friday.

At one gift shop on the square, items are painted just for the debate. Everything from tumblers to cups and books.

"I think people are going to come in and buy things . People will still have hope its going to go off," employee Lacey Franklin said.

With the red, white and blue banners draped along store fronts and balconies, Oxford is ready for the debate and hoping it all goes off as planned.

Some business people said the special debate items could end up being worth more if the debate doesn't happen.

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