Retailers extend hours, offer deals for Xmas


Christmas is five days away and 46 percent of shoppers haven't finished their holiday shopping, according to the National Retail Federation.

According to our exclusive Eyewitness News poll conducted by SurveyUSA, 38 percent have finished their shopping, 22 percent are half done, 13 percent are just starting, 12 percent haven't started, 14 percent are not shopping at all and 1 percent aren't quite sure.

To help procrastinators, retailers like Toys"R"Us are changing their hours and offering up big discounts.

The toy chain opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday and will be having a two-day sale. They will stay open until 10 p.m. Christmas Eve - that's 112 consecutive hours.

Macy's department stores in California are also offering last-minute shopping incentives with extended hours. Starting Wednesday, they will be open until 2 a.m.

Target is keeping its doors open until 11 p.m. through Friday.

JCPenney will be open until midnight.

"Some of our best hourly rates come after 7 o'clock at night during these last few weeks," said Glendale JCPenney store manager Dean Cary.

With the clock ticking down, stores are receiving a wide spectrum of shoppers who pop in at night.

"This is the biggest time of shopping," said San Fernando resident Sandra Savala. "They are making everybody happy by doing the convenient hours."

Last-minute holiday shoppers are expected to be out in full force as the clock winds down.

"Some people like the crowds, and we like the last-minute sales," said Hesperia resident Barnesa Reed. "Sometimes prices get reduced that last week because merchants want to get rid of things."

Holiday sales are expected to bring in $469 billion this year, with major chain stores doing what they can to help bargain hunters and procrastinators get that perfect gift.

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