BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - When it comes to Canadians cashing in on Western New York sale prices the Fashion Outlets in Niagara Falls is ground zero.
"The outlet mall is the big thing. All Canadians talk about that and we love to get bargains," Mark Dunn of Canada said.
But the outlet mall is far from their only stop.
When asked why he was buying three jugs of milk before heading home to Fort Erie, Don Hayes said, "Price. Pretty simple. It's the price. It's about half."
The Tops grocery story on Niagara Street is just blocks from the Peace Bridge. It welcomes Canadian shoppers at the door and proudly displays their flag next to Old Glory inside.
"We welcome their business here and they mean a lot to our business. They're up to about 10 percent of our traffic here," store manager Dave Karb said.
Milk and other dairy products are cheaper in the U.S. So is beer. And it was an especially busy week at Tops leading up to the Canadian Thanksgiving.
Canadians can come to the U.S. and buy a turkey for 99 cents a pound. If they bought it in their own country, it would be more like $3 a pound.
Savings on some things are greater than others.
"Gas is a big difference. I save about 25 dollars on a tank-full," said Dave, a Canadian.
It really adds up for Canadians who come with a to-do list.
"This morning I got my oil changed here just down the road. Went to the Galleria a bit. When to Delta Sonic and got my gas looked after and got my car cleaned. And now I'm here to pick up my groceries," Dave said.
And when they stay for the entire holiday weekend, you can really see why Canadian Thanksgiving has Western York retailers giving thanks.
"We came over yesterday for the Bills game. And we decided of course to stay the night and do some shopping," said Louie Pellizzari of Mississaugua, Ontario.
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