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Stores Offer Marathon Hours for Last-Minute Shoppers

December 22, 2013

While Santa is busy checking his list, you might be too, realizing there are a few things that have gone unpurchased.

That's what brought Louisa County resident Larry Chesley to Toys R Us in Charlottesville on Sunday.

"We've come to do some last-minute shopping for my daughter," said Chesley.

Toys R Us is just one of several big-box retailers working overtime this week, bringing in business by leaving its doors open longer than usual.

But Chesley says shoppers are benefiting, too.

"It gives you time to shop without being rushed," he said. "The prices come down. It's cheaper."

The store has been open since 6 a.m. Saturday morning and won't close until 9 p.m. Christmas Eve.

That means cashiers will be scanning and bagging toys for a total of 87 consecutive hours.

If you think that's a lot, Kohl's has them beat.

Their extended hours started on Friday and end at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. That's more than 100 hours of straight shopping time.

Jordyn Eubanks is making use of the lengthened shopping days, but she's no procrastinator. The young shopper picked up a baby doll set on Sunday.

"I bought it with my Christmas money," said Eubanks. "I'm going to open it when I get home."

She may be ahead of the game, but several other shoppers still looking for items to place under the tree say they, too, welcome the open checkout lanes.

Other major retailers offering extended horus this year are Kmart, Sears and Target.

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