Last minute shoppers hit stores on Christmas Eve

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature is stirring...because it seems everyone is shopping for last minute deals.

Down to the wire buyers say there's no limit to what they will buy and when they will buy it.

With stores like Kohl's, open 24 hours since Friday, many shoppers say they're taking advantage of unlocked doors.

"We're out shopping for dad- pajamas, underwear, socks- last minute, just last minute little things," says Kohl's shopper Lisa Davis.

She's not the only shopper saving her gift buying for the last minute. Kohl's employees told me they've remained busy with packs of people pouring into the store; many crowding jewelry counters and the men's department.

Kohl's wasn't the only store with revolving doors. Target opened at 7:00 a.m. this morning for shoppers to grab last minute deals.

The Peterson sisters are among those, who say the extended hours help them balance picking up last minute stocking stuffers, while taking care of a family.

"We love coming here because the hours are very very easy to do, late night when the babies are sleeping and things of that nature, it makes it very convenient," they said.

Charlotte Layton, flew in from Vermont and says instead of paying extra to put her daughter's new crockpot with luggage, she'd rather buy it here.

"Sometimes I just wait until the last minute and I'm not worried so much about deals as the convenience," says Layton.

Convenience is what shoppers say they look for, and as long as stores stay open, they will continue to walk through the doors.

With fewer days this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, many shoppers are appreciative of extended store hours.

Target employees say they appreciate last minute shoppers and late hours have had a positive impact on sales.

"A lot of our shoppers come in anywhere from mid afternoon until 11 o'clock at night and it's really helped drive sales.  We have had to do a lot of restocking of our shelves," says Executive Team Leader David Walker.

Walker says toys, electronics and gift cards are among popular items sold off of Target store shelves this year.

Target will close at 9 p.m. and Kohl's will close at 6 p.m., Christmas Eve, just in time for last minute shoppers to get their gifts home and under the tree.

Both stores, among many others, will be closed on Christmas, wishing a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

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