Chapel Hills Mall has extended hours for the Holiday season.
“The clock is ticking, but we are here ready for you!” said Michele Lozanski, of JC Penney in White Marsh.
Larry Canady traveled from overseas to spend time with his family in Atlanta and was at the mall on the hunt for stocking stuffers. “Plus I don’t have any kids of my own so these are like all my guys”.
While Cyber Monday and online deals continue to be huge commercial boosts for businesses, not everybody is a fan of sitting at home two days before Christmas.
But for many getting a late start is normal.
“We just forgot stuff”.
Bender’s family was due to arrive for a Christmas scavenger hunt that afternoon, so she knew she only had a tight window to pick up the gifts, a cookie from Mrs. Fields and stop at the grocery store. Shoppers Michael and his son, Michael Jr. said.
While some attempt to avoid last the minute shopping spree, others say it’s simple inevitable.
Cox said the business helps more than just the store employees.
The true meaning of Christmas isn’t something you can purchase.
“Same”, Owen O’Hair said.
“Just picking up groceries for Christmas and some bubbly for some guess over the Christmas holidays”, said Robinson. “It’s not what you get it’s what you give”. “You get all of the sales people to yourself so it’s just ideal”. They had finished their shopping but were browsing on Saturday out of boredom and to people watch on the hectic shopping day.
The National Retail Foundation predicts holiday sales in November and December will increase between 3.6 percent for a total of $682 billion up from $655 billion previous year.