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Stores Extend Hours For Last Minute Holiday Shoppers

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Stores are offering extended hours as they try to make up for lost time leading up to the Christmas shopping deadline.

Thanksgiving fell late in the month, making this year’s shopping season six days shorter. Combine that with an ice storm that nearly shut down the North Texas region and shoppers have realized they are quickly running out of time.

The Grand Prairie Premium Outlets is opening their stores until midnight, after demands from customers who said they needed more time to shop.

Irving Mall and Allen Premium Outlets will also be open until midnight leading up to Christmas Eve.

Many stores like Nordstrom, Target and WalMart will also have extended holiday hours through Christmas Eve, but shoppers are encouraged to call each store as hours vary by location.

Some retailers are taking it even further and will open their doors around the clock, among them, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Toy R Us.

Some North Texas shoppers say they are certainly planning on shopping until the Christmas Eve deadline and will take advantage of late-night hours.

Others say marathon shopping before Christmas, takes away from the holiday’s true meaning.

“I’m not a fan of the 24 hours a day and opening on Thanksgiving Day,” said Megan Freeman. “I think people need to be with their families. That’s what it’s about.”

Many retailers said it was customer demand that prompted them to extend hours.

The other perk to waiting until the last minute are the deals.

“Prices are getting lower and I love it that way,” said Beatrice Clark, who started her shopping today.

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