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Stores see more customers as Christmas approaches

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As Christmas draws near, shoppers had one last weekend to get all their gifts before the big day, but between church,football and other various Sunday activities, many shoppers still found their way into the Quincy Mall.

While the weekend before Christmas is a time when some people start their Christmas shopping, for others like Alec Boren, it's a time to put the final touches on his gifts.

"We usually do it a week earlier. We got all of our stuff done about a week ago, just have to get a few last minute ideas, trying to get those out today," Boren said.  

According to the National Retail Federation, about 30% of consumers finished their shopping last weekend, but Bath and Body Works Manager Lisa Irvine says she's seeing more people in this weekend.

"We've actually had an increase in traffic, even with the snowstorm this past week. That Thursday was a little softer, but it didn't stop anyone from coming out Friday and Saturday," Irvine said.

Even smaller businesses like J&N Sales noticed more people this weekend. The business, which sells women's hats, scarves, and other accessories, only comes into the Mall from November to the end of New Years because owner Annette Hanes said that's when she see's the most people, and this weekend was one of the busiest she's seen.

"The weather and snowfall seemed to get people into the spirit more. Everything was just not really happening for awhile and all of the sudden it snowed and this weekend is phenomenal," Hanes said.  

But the mall might want to brace themselves for another busy day Monday.  The National Retail Federation projects ten percent of shoppers will wait until the last day to buy their final gifts.

The federation also says close to half of all shoppers won't even go into a store to buy their final gifts because they'll finish it online.

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