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Bears' gear in demand for Super Bowl

Bears' gear in demand for Super Bowl
By: Carly O'Keefe

MARION, Il. --With just one week left until Super Bowl Sunday, Chicago Bears mania has hit parts of the Heartland. Local businesses are cashing in, offering fans all the blue and orange they could want.

The Bears on their way to Miami; and fans in Southern Illinois are searching the racks for the perfect piece of apparel to show their pride on Super Bowl Sunday. For the past 21 years, it's been an unusual sight to see many Bears logos filling store shelves so close to the Super Bowl.

"We have a lot more bears jerseys now, for example a lot of people have been wanting Brian Urlacher's' navy jersey, we finally got that in," said Seth Fritts, an employee of Hibbett Sports in Marion.

Indianapolis fans are having a tougher time. Nicole McVey has found that while southern Illinois is geographically closer to Indianapolis than Chicago, the Chicago Bears dominate store shelves. McVey says she had to order her apparel online.

"I've been five different places. I've looked at every different sports store, I've even looked at Wal-mart, but it's all Bears," said McVey.    

But that bears gear is going quick.

"We've been selling a lot of our jerseys, we've sold out of a lot of our division hats, t-shirts, so yeah, it's been pretty good for us," said Fritts.

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