December 24, 2013
The clock is winding down to get those presents under the tree, but if the traffic around town was any indication on Tuesday, many people are still scrambling to pick out the perfect holiday gift.
The rush wraps up a shopping season that hasn't been the brightest for retailers.
"I am out here last-minute shopping for my grandmother," said shopper Brooke Hathaway, who spent time on Christmas Eve at the Barracks Road Shopping Center.
Last-minute shoppers scoured the stores to spot some last-minute deals before putting a wrap on their shopping lists. But like the holiday deals, shoppers have found there's no shortage of holiday traffic around town ,either.
"It's kind of crazy," Hathaway said. "So much parking craziness."
But it doesn't put a damper on the holiday spirit.
"People are actually really happy and friendly surprisingly," shopper Megan Turner said.
The stores should be happy to see shoppers, too. Turns out, there are still fears about the country's economy, and sales at stores nationwide have fallen for three consecutive weeks.
"Everyone waits til the last minute these days," Hathaway said.
The shopping pandemonium continues on Dec. 26 as many stores begin offering post-holiday deals.