Last Minute Shopping Means Mega Extended Hours For Major Retailers
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The clock hasn’t stopped ticking and Christmas is only getting closer. This happens same time every year except this time around the holiday season is shorter.
From Miami-Dade’s Dolphin Mall to Broward’s Galleria, almost every store you pass, every corner you take you’ll find sales, discounts, blowouts, bargains, and of course shoppers cashing in on sweet holiday deals.
Maria Jimenez said “This year people are looking for more bargains they’re looking for sales. They come in, ‘What’s on sale? What’s the bang of the day?’ We had 60 percent off t-shirts so that was a big thing today.”
Procrastination is a gift in itself. It seems waiting out the Black Friday rush and for the last-minute can pay off.
According to the National Retail Federation, as of last week, only half of Americans finished holiday shopping and 32 million said they hadn’t even started– pushing deadlines to the limit.
To accommodate, Kohl’s and Toys’R’ Us are working overtime to make sure your loved ones get the presents they want for Christmas. The toy company announced its stores nationwide would remain open for 87 consecutive hours for last minute-Christmas shopping.
CBS4’s Jamie Guirola spoke to shoppers happy about the extended hours.
Bethsa Villarreal said, “Giving everybody more time to shop because everybody is working a lot right now so that’s good.”
“That’s pretty neat. Yeah that’s wonderful,” said Madyuri Velasca, a shopper at Dolphin Mall. “We all have crazy schedules and we really can’t between work and school so that’s excellent.”
Stores will stay open starting 6 a.m. on Saturday, December 21 and continuing through 9 p.m. Christmas Eve.
The store is offering additional discounts during the final days before Christmas and daily deliveries to make sure hot items are in stock.
Last year, Toys ‘R’ Us kept most stores open for 88 hours in a row.
Other stores are also following suit.
Kohl’s said it will keep its doors open for more than 100 straight hours for the first time. Shoppers can pick through the shelves from 6 a.m. Dec. 20 through 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Kmart stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve – six more hours than last year.
Sears stores will welcome shoppers on Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., one hour less than last year.
Target will be open from 7 a.m. to either 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. Dec. 24, depending on the location.