“It was packed,” shopper Mikki Val said. “I couldn’t believe how many people.” “I said look at all these people here.” “This is crazy.”
Lakeside mall: bustling with energy on Christmas Eve.
People of all ages and ethnic groups packed the halls; most with smiles on their faces.
“It’s beautiful, it’s fun, it’s loving, and it’s electric,” shopper Jaqueline Fleming said. “People are nice and wishing you a Merry Christmas as they pass you by and the kids look like they’re having fun it’s just great.”
We ran into people who claimed they had done all of their shopping.
And of course there were others scrambling to finish at the last minute.
WGNO News Reporter asked, “Why’d you wait? Because I’m a procrastinator.” “I always wait until the last minute always,” Val said.
“I just can’t get up the gumption to go out and buy anything, so here I am the day before,” shopper Tim Cummings said.
Sales people appeared to be holding up pretty well in the middle of the madness.
Specialty boutiques, clothing, and shoe stores all had sale signs posted to lure in bargain shoppers.
“Couple of gifts for my parents you know, not too much; taking it light because the day after Christmas we have bills you know,” shopper Domonique Meyers said.
Trotter asked, “What’s your budget? I don’t have one; just spend,” shopper Theorian Johnson said.
Trotter asked, “Are you finding deals? Yes sir,” shopper Damien Dix replied. “A lot of 40%, 50% off original price and everything.” Trotter asked, “How do you feel about that? Saves me a lot of money,” Dix replied.
Estimates for the final shopping weekend aren’t yet in; but retailers are hoping the last minute push will help them make sales goals.
If packed to capacity parking lots are any indication the bottom line will be huge.
Trotter asked, “Having fun? Yes we are,” shoppers John and Nancy Pollard replied.
“You know, once I get out and do it I feel great.” “Getting up and going that’s the hard thing. I enjoy being out and doing it while I’m here,” Cummings said.
After weeks of extended holiday hours, most retailers closed on Christmas Eve at 6pm.
Lakeside Mall re-opens at 8 a-m Wednesday.
That’s two hours earlier than normal to help accommodate returns.