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Last minute holiday shoppers flock to Michiana stores


Last minute holiday shoppers were everywhere Saturday.  Parking lots were packed and stores were slammed.

Bob Thatcher, General Manager of Concord Mall said, "certainly today and these last few days going into the Christmas holidays fabulous traffic and sales period for us."

Thatcher said their crowds Saturday were larger than what they were Thanksgiving and black Friday.  "The Saturday before Christmas has now actually traditionally become the busiest day, shopping day of the year."

Why are so many people waiting until now to flock to the stores?  Thatcher said it's two fold  "I think it really just relates to how busy the consumer is.  And quite honestly they're anticipating better sales I think later in the season as well."

But for shoppers, the number of reasons they're shopping now rivals the number of last minute shoppers.  Jeff Bontrager said he was shopping now to get, "the things that we couldn't get before...we ran out of time before."  Dee Eldridge said she was getting, "just basically gift cards, some stocking stuffers at this point,"  Robin Hamminga said,  "I'm pretty much well done but I can always pick up last minute things."  And Kerrie Lichti said, she was shopping because earlier, "couldn't find certain things we were looking for."

Shoppers said last weekend's snow didn't impact their shopping.  "Once you're in the Christmas spirit weather really doesn't matter," said Eldridge.

But they definitely felt crunched for time with less shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.  Hamminga said, "I did I felt like November went really fast."  And Eldridge said, "thank God for the Internet cause a lot of things came through."

Concord Mall expects to remain pretty busy the next few days and even after the holiday with returns and exchanges.

They'll also have winter sidewalk sales after Christmas.

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