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Growing Chantilly Company Cashes In On 'Cyber Monday'

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Today is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, also known as Cyber Monday. Quite a few companies in Northern Virginia's Technology Corridor shifted into their highest gear in preparation, including the growing retailer CedarPC.

CedarPC operates two old-fashioned retail stores in Virginia -- one in Vienna, and one in Chantilly. Today, the Chantilly store is quiet, but online sales were buzzing.

CEO John Vuong, says he likes Cyber Monday a lot more than Black Friday. Today, he says, CedarPC.com has seen 10 times the usual traffic on its Web site.

"We do about 80 percent of our business online because we can sell to all over the country," Vuong says.

That's why most of the activity is back in the warehouse, where staff is busy packing up refurbished computers to be shipped out. And some of the orders aren't going very far.

"Even locally, we've seen people who live within 10 miles of us buy it online because they don't want to drive here and go through traffic," he says.

Vuong says CedarPC has doubled in size every year since it was created in 2003, and this year will break $7 million in sales.

Despite the rapid growth, he says, CedarPC has no plans to move. He graduated from Annandale High School and says Northern Virginia is a great place for CedarPC to stay.

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