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Last Minute Holiday Shoppers Hit the Stores

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CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) - Traffic has been slow around major shopping centers and malls today.

With two days before Christmas, Mother Nature may not have cooperated, but that didn't stop shoppers from picking up last minute Christmas gifts.

"I think the weather is probably keeping some people at home," says Chris Fidler.

Amy Armstrong says despite the rain she is pleasantly surprised to see shoppers out carrying lots of bags.

"I have been kind of excited to see the people out," she says. "I don't like the lines and I don't like the parking, but I really try to keep a positive attitude and just really looking forward to people to spending some money to help the economy a little."

Steven Bonniville, General Manager at Stony Point Fashion Park, says the weather hasn't been their friend at times this shopping season, but their numbers are right where they need to be.

"Overall this year, I think we have had some weather instances with the rain and the ice that we had earlier this year, but for the most part I think we are pretty much on par from where we were last year from a traffic and sales perspective."

He says the last minute shoppers are a Christmas tradition.

"Every year at the last minute you are going to see an influx of customers. Everybody always likes to wait until the last minute to come out and make some purchases."

Managers at Stony Point say they even do special things for the holiday season, such as bring in Christmas carolers, magicians and every night at 5 p.m., the tree does a special show and continues to do that show ever half hour until the store closes.

If you still have loved ones on your Christmas list that you need to pick up those last minute gifts for, you still have one more day tomorrow on Christmas Eve. The weather is looking nicer than it has been for the past couple of days.


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