Last minute shoppers flock to malls

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you're not finished with your Christmas shopping, you're not alone, but you're in luck.  Friday, all area shopping malls are opening at least one hour ahead of their usual 10am start time. Experts say stores are still offering sales.

Chesterfield town center is set to early in an effort to get you out there, and if you haven't started shopping you aren't alone. As of last Friday the National Retail Federation reporting 37 million Americans hadn't started shopping.

All shopping malls, with the exception of Stony Point will open at 8 am. They are all staying open until 6 pm.

The number one gift this Christmas -- clothing, then music and DVD's -- and in third place -- toys.

As you wait in line at the register, look around -- you may notice a lot of men waiting right there with you.  Some stores are seeing an uptick in business and are doing much better than they did during the last holiday season.

Fifty percent of people are asking for gift cards this year. Most people are paying with cash, and according to consumer reports Americans planned to spend an average of 15 hours gift shopping, three and a half of those hours will be spent waiting in line.

Stores are closed Christmas Day, but come the day after shopping centers will again open early some as early as 7 am.

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