Shoppers flock to local malls in the aftermath of winter storm

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – The winter storm may have slowed some shoppers in getting to local malls during the first part of the weekend.  But by Sunday, retailers saw a flurry of activity as people took advantage of the final days before Christmas.

Kathy Stokes had to wait until the roads cleared before she could hunt for holiday bargains.

"The winter storm did keep me away I drive a mustang and it doesn't go in the snow," said Stokes.

The winter storm wasn't a problem for Mark Webster.

"I was one of the first to get out of our cul de sac in Brandermill," said Webster.

Or for good Ol' Saint Nick.

"Never slows Santa down," said Santa who took pictures with children at Chesterfield Towne Center on Sunday.

The line for Santa pictures grew by the hour.

So did the crowds.

Mall officials said those who couldn't get out on Saturday, which is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, made up for lost time on Sunday.

"This is our first time shopping I haven't shopped at all," said Stokes.

Snow or not, Stokes said she always waits until the last moment to shop for loved ones.

"Because that's when we get the best sales," said Stokes.

Webster said he's also just getting started.

But at least he got his wife's present out of the way.

"Actually I think I did a good job, we'll see," said Webster.

"Mall officials expect large crowds over the next few days. Stores will stay open longer than normal to give everyone that chance to find that special gift.

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