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Shoppers checking lists twice in last weekend before Christmas

Shoppers checking lists twice in last weekend before Christmas

Of people surveyed, 44.8 percent said they are still weighing choices between gifts.

Marketing Coordinator Claire Massey said they expect more sales this year than last, and this part of the year is what local stores rely on.

Dustin Root of Windsor is one of them.

Businesses in Clinton and around the country are set for a busy weekend ahead as last-minute shoppers head to local shops and stores to find their friends and loved ones the ideal gift with just days to spare.

"If you ask my wife, I like to do my (Christmas) shopping in October", Brouillard said.

With Christmas falling on a Monday and bad weather forecast, Kathy Hundley, who is the store manager Rocky Hill Kohl's, said she noticed an uptick in shoppers this morning.

With just days left to go before Christmas, the mad dash is on for holiday shoppers.

Today, the last Saturday before Christmas, is projected to be the busiest shopping day of the year with many shoppers heading out to make last-minute purchases before the holiday.

If you still haven't gotten presents for your friends and family yet, don't fret you're not alone.

There's also an eight-passenger shopper shuttle that roams the mall's parking lots to take passengers to the stores and, more importantly, carry them and their packages back to their cars.

Coming to large shopping centers like the mall at strategic times can also take some of the stress out of the shopping frenzy, Knox said.

Shoppers get some last minute presents for Christmas in Bristol
Shoppers get some last minute presents for Christmas in Bristol Credit

"We ended up buying her a Nintendo DS, something she's been wanting for a little while", Martina said.

"It's really nice to be here on this attractive day". Shopping earlier or later in the day, depending on your schedule, can help to avoid peak-time crowds and get better customer service in stores. That's according to a recent New York Post article.

"The shopping center is open from 8 a.m.to 11 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 23", Bloss said.

The ARA said 53 percent of consumers plan do some sort of last-minute Christmas shopping over the weekend.

You can count on government and post offices to be closed on Christmas Day and, especially because it falls on a Sunday, Christmas Eve.

Kmart: Closes 10 p.m.

However, with almost every store offering deep discounts for the last-minute shoppers, great deals were not hard to come by, and Booker noticed this.

Walgreens: Except 24-hour locations, open 8 a.m. -6 p.m.

Macy's will be open until 6 p.m. December 24.

Big Lots: Open 7 a.m. -10 p.m.

CVS will stay open all day and night on Christmas Eve, sticking with their normal 24/7 schedule.

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