Last-minute shoppers hit stores in Boardman

Shoppers filled the parking lot of the Southern Park Mall on Wednesday, and Rulli Brothers reported a steady stream of last-minute shoppers.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Last minute shoppers hit stores early Christmas Eve across the Valley.

Malls and retailers extended their hours, some open 24 hours, to accommodate the last-minute push.

So you don’t have to run to different websites or make too many calls, the following is a list of store hours over the holiday:

Retailers know there will be shoppers out right before Christmas and are still offering deals to entice them in their stores.

The National Retail Federation, nation’s largest retail group, is still sticking by its prediction earlier in the season that sales in November and December will rise 3.7 percent to $630.5 billion. That would mark a slowdown from the 4.1 percent growth last year.

The weather has brought prices down for outerwear, items retailers should see move off their shelves at record speed but not this year. Some stores are offering bigger discounts than they ordinarily would. Macy’s, for example, is advertising 70 percent off some men’s sweaters and 75 percent off children’s outerwear this weekend, while Kohl’s is slashing prices of puffy jackets to $39.99 from the original $100.

Sears is relocating its grills to the front part of its outdoor living sections in the Northeast, where it’s been unseasonable warm.

And is featuring resort wear like swimsuits on its website before Christmas., which doesn’t own the inventory, said it’s directing shoppers to what they need now.

The Associated Press contributed to the this report.

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