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Last minute shoppers flood Wyoming Valley Mall

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WILKES-BARRE TWP. (WOLF) -- Two days before Christmas, and all through the mall.

Last minute shoppers, some big and some small.

“Merry Christmas!”

The Wyoming Valley Mall is seeing a late shopping surge today.

Many on a mission to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones on a time crunch.

“I’m bad at getting things on time. So kinda had to,” David Stackhouse, of Forest City, said.

He’s not the only one.

The National Retail Federation says that even though many got a head start on getting their holiday gifts early in the season, 53% of shoppers – that’s about 126 million people – planned to shop today, called “Super Saturday.”

And for a number of reasons like waiting for requests, other financial priorities, and being too busy.”

“No time. Kind of last minute, you find time and then you’re like alright I’ll go and then its packed,” Matthew Holly, of Duryea, said.

And maybe a lapse in judgement.

“Thought it was a good idea and it wasn’t obviously so. The lines are long.”

“Its probably the most crowded I’ve seen it,” Stackhouse said.

The NRF says most people planned to shop online this season, but right behind that is department stores.

“There were a lot of people trying to squeeze through very tight spaces and some words were exchanged,” Stackhouse said.

One woman we spoke to found the mall rush to be less chaotic than the one she encountered at the grocery store.

“Well I thought it would be a little bit hectic and it is I guess, but its not as bad as I thought it would be here at the mall. I was out doing grocery shopping and it was pretty packed. So I’m about ready to go home, take my shoes off, and wait for Santa,” Pat Steckley, of Nescopeck, said.

But for those who will undoubtedly be out tomorrow, a little piece of advice to keep in mind.

“Just remember it is Christmas, and have patience.”

The National Retail Federation says that 6% of shoppers plan to purchase their last gift on Christmas Eve and another 5% after Christmas Day.

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