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Consumers in Malheur County generally feel good about economy, survey says

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VALE – Consumers in Malheur County are generally confident about the economy and many plan to spend as much if not more on holiday gifts this year, according to interviews and a survey conducted by the Malheur Enterprise.

Shoppers often consider the day after Thanksgiving to be the starting gun for holiday shopping, and local merchants appear ready.

“People are spending. They are out buying and they are out shopping,” said John Kirby, owner of Kinney Bros. & Keele True Value Hardware in Ontario.

John Breidenbach, CEO of the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce, said that overall, the local economy seems to be vibrant, which could pay dividends for local merchants.

“It seems to be holding its own,” Breidenbach said. “Onion prices aren’t where we’d like them, but overall construction . . .