Big rush of crowds expected for last minute Christmas shopping

Big rush of crowds expected next few days in last minute Christmas shopping

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Thousands of shoppers are hitting the stores over the next 24 hours, grabbing last minute gifts and supplies before Christmas. Thousands of shoppers are hitting the stores over the next 24 hours, grabbing last minute gifts and supplies before Christmas.
"We've got a lot of people coming in tonight that are going to be here to help with the lines and finding stuff on the floors," said Target manager Mike Webb. "We've got a lot of people coming in tonight that are going to be here to help with the lines and finding stuff on the floors," said Target manager Mike Webb.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Thousands of shoppers are hitting the stores over the next 24 hours, grabbing last minute gifts and supplies before Christmas.

A cup of coffee and a Christmas list were what Jasen Summers was carrying to tackle his last-minute shopping Monday morning.

"She gave me a list yesterday, and I'm trying to stick strictly to it," he said.

Summers was one of many out braving the crowds Monday in Turkey Creek.

"Wrapping paper, bags, tissue, a few extra cards, and we are ready to roll," said shopper Ashley Teeters.

Stores like Target expect a big rush of people as Christmas gets closer and closer.

"We've got a lot of people coming in tonight that are going to be here to help with the lines and finding stuff on the floors," said Target manager Mike Webb.

Plans are in place to open every check-out line to make shopping smoother Monday night and Christmas Eve.

"Busiest year yet," added Webb. He believes part of it has to do with Thanksgiving falling later this year, it was a shorter stretch for people to start Christmas shopping.

"One week less but still getting it all done with plenty of time. Still found special gifts so we're excited," said Teeters.

At Kohl's in West Knoxville, shoppers like Libby Kennedy have at least 18 people to get gifts for.

"I make myself a list and I check it twice," she said.

That's why she says there's relief knowing big box stores not only have longer holiday hours, but are open around the clock.

"Just in case, it's really handy," added Kennedy.

Something that goes hand in hand with holiday shopping, are the returns the day after Christmas. Target managers say they'll have more registers open at the service area to make sure everything goes smoothly.

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