Last-minute holiday shopping blitz

Four days before Christmas and thousands are crowding malls and stores all across the Triangle.
December 21, 2013 8:29:57 PM PST
Four days before Christmas and thousands are crowding malls and stores all across the Triangle.

It is a crucial time for retailers. Toys R Us is staying open 87-hours straight and Kohl's is open 100-hours non-stop.

Southpoint mall is staying open just one extra but a much-needed hour for holiday shoppers.

Shoppers told ABC11 they were lucky just to find parking.

"It is crazy here, it took us a while to find a parking spot," said shopper Kristi Brown.

"I couldn't find a close parking spot at all," added shopper Monica Owens.

However, once the massive crowds of people did find somewhere to park, they came in with two goals.

"We are here to see Santa and doing some last minute Christmas shopping," Brown said.

This is the last weekend to shop before Christmas Day and shoppers are not wasting any time or sparing expenses.

Even with all the holiday deals and discounts, the National Retail Federation predicts shoppers this year will spend more than $600 billion nationwide, but one store may fall a little shorter than usual.

At Target, shoppers can expect at least 10 percent off on their holiday shopping due to a credit card breach affecting millions of shoppers since late November.

On Thursday, the chain announced information connected to $40 million credit and debit cardholders was stolen.

To curb the fear, Target is offering credit-monitoring services to shoppers. To attract them back, ten percent off their holiday haul Saturday and Sunday.

While some may opt to pay cash there, plenty were running their cards up at the mall shopping for loved ones.

At Southpoint, shopper Renee Nixon even dressed extra special for the holiday rush.

"Of course I'm ready with my shopping gear! I have to let Santa know I've been naughty, not really naughty, but a little bit," Nixon said.

For those on the nice list, they are enlisting the big man in red for help on those last minute holiday lists.

"We came to see Santa because Eva has been a good girl," said shopper Lynn Cunningham.

Southpoint's security office told ABC11 they are on alert and making sure the shopping center stays safe and merry for everyone's holiday shopping.



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