Local Girl Scout cookie sales up

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 This Morning, March 3, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga.-- "Girl Scout Cookies are the B-E-S-T with a really good taste that can't be beat," Alexandra Weldon said.

Alexandra Weldon has been a Girl Scout for three years. Last year she sold 200 boxes of cookies, and so far this year she's sold 370 boxes.

"I want to sell 450," Weldon said.

450 is her goal, and at a time when people are trying to cut back it isn't showing in Girl Scout Cookie sales. With three weeks left to go they are at 77% of their goal which is 33,000 boxes.

"We were kind of expecting a hit from the economy, but we haven't seen to much of that. People just love Girl Scout Cookies, so we're really excited about that," Lindsey Rivers said.

And the proof is in the warehouse. The space used to be filled with Girl Scout Cookies, and now you can tell they're selling fast.

So far 28,000 cases have been delivered since mid-February, and this week they're expecting a couple thousand more.

Cookie sales are up 1.5% from this time last year. But cookie sales are crumbling in other states. Regional Girl Scout Councils nationwide say they're seeing declines as large as 19% in pre-order sales. They say the downfall of the economy and the winter weather are to blame.

Lindsey Rivers says this year, they even lowered the amount of cookies in the boxes by 1-2 ounces in an attempt to keep prices low.

"We see every year, we see a decline a little bit in girl scout cookie sales just because of the way the economy trend has been. But we're just optimistic that people will continue to support our program and continue to buy our cookies," Rivers said.

Each box of cookies in Augusta is $3.50. The money will help pay for Girl Scout trips. They will be selling Girl Scout cookies every weekend until March 22nd from 10:00-6:00 at Walmart, Kroger, Food Lion, BI-LO, and Lowes.

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