NEW CANAAN — As the largest local shopping event of the year approaches this weekend, some business owners are preparing for their last rally.

That’s what Pauline Dora, owner of Design Solutions, a furnishing store on 146 Elm St. that has been in town for 24 years, is doing.

“We will be moving to Scott’s Corner in Pound Ridge, N.Y., and opening there on Sept. 1,” Dora said. “We’re moving out in mid-August and we need the help of this event to clear out.”

Design Solutions will have a 40 percent discount for shoppers during the weekend. The owner noted other businesses in town have struggled due to online e-commerce and other factors.

“There’s just not enough support and rents are going up too,” Dora said.

Other businesses, like Against the Grain on 91 Main St., a store that sells handcrafted wood items from an Amish community in Pennsylvania, are preparing for the downtown shopping spree.

“I moved here in summer of 2016 the weekend the sidewalk sales was taking place,” owner Chris Meier said. “It was funny because we were moving all these things into the shop and there were just so many people.”

Meier, who is now more prepared for his second official participation in the event, said he was expecting a good turnout.

“We’ll be setting up a cornhole and also a raffle for those interested. We have a lot of things we want to get out there and show, especially the outdoor furniture,” Meier said.

Family Britches, the men and boys clothing store now on 99 Main St. following a move from Elm Street in April, had a rack of suits outside the shop in anticipation of the event.

“This is a huge event and it brings a lot of people into town,” Mark Gust, general manager of the store that has been in town for 41 years, said. “We always do very well and have some giant bargains.”

The move to Main Street was due to a need for less space, Gust said.

On Monday afternoon, pedestrians were peering into shops, many already decorated with banners and signs announcing their weekend deals and bargains.

Town resident Mary Moran said she was excited for the weekend and is looking for some good deals.

“I try to come and support the local businesses. It’s a very big event in town and I’m looking for bargains,” Moran said.

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