Last Minute Shoppers Provide Boost to Local Stores

Lincoln, Neb. Let the last minute rush begin, shoppers picking out those last minute gifts.

"I usually do wait until the last minute," said shopper Jeana James.

Jeana James and Wendy Bennett were doing their shopping at Ten Thousand Villages in the Haymarket trying to cross off a few items on their Christmas list.
"I have a couple of travel nurses in the hospital I work at and I was just looking for a little something unique and fun for them," said James.
Local stores in the Haymarket are thrilled to see the flood of customers walk in their doors.
"Oh yeah we've seen it, we've been busy all day, everyday pretty much the last two weeks," said Liquorice International owner Elizabeth Erlandson.
"They kind of started the week before Thanksgiving," said Linda Brandt, sales clerk at From Nebraska gift shop.
However the shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are limited this year, the fewest in more than a decade. And some retailers are feeling the pinch.
"The shopping season has been a lot slower than anticipated, it's been a slow decline from the last few years," said Gatewall Mall vendor Donald Rough.
Rough says the bottom line is more people may be staying at home and doing online shopping, decreasing foot traffic which hurts his business.
"Even the amount of demonstrable people has been quite a bit lower than anticipated," said Rough.
"My shopping is done, and the problem is that I keep going out with her and I keep finding things oh, like I need that too even though I don't need it," said James.

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