Customers, retailers prepare for the busiest shopping day of the year

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Thursday was the eve of the busiest shopping day of the year. But some, like Megan Weigold, checked out early at Target.

“We’re not going out tomorrow. There’s no way,” Weigold said.

Weigold isn’t the only one planning ahead, or as ahead as you can three days before Christmas.

Target store managers said they added extra team members to the schedule for Friday, expecting last minute shopping chaos.

Over in Kohl’s, Gay Coston took advantage of the chain’s extended hours. The store announced they will be open 24 hours a day until Christmas Eve.

“There’s a lot of last minute people and I’m one of them,” Coston laughed. “It’s nice to be able to come out whenever I feel like coming out.”

Grace Jacobs was in Kohl’s, too, with her brother and sister. She said the move to keep the doors open is great for their busy schedules.

“We had to come here late and it’s nice. We have time to walk around the store and not rush,” Jacobs said.

Kohl’s said they will close at 6 at night Christmas Eve, while Target said they will be open until 11 that night.

Other stores are also extending hours leading up to Christmas. 

Eastview, Marketplace, and Greece Ridge Mall will each remain open until 11 p.m. Friday night, and will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. 

Toys”R”Us will be open for 39 consecutive hours from 6 a.m. on Friday until 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. 

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