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Last minute shoppers flood area stores

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Shoppers swamped stores across the Jackson metro area to get last minute gifts and groceries Friday.  It was the last day to check off the Christmas list.  Procrastinating shoppers filled Northpark Mall in Ridgeland early Friday morning.  Department stores JCPenny and Belk opened at 7:00 a.m. to accommodate the crowds.

At Maywood Mart in Jackson Logan Farms Honey Baked Hams and Brock's Gift Center stayed open later than usual to ensure every customer picked up everything the needed.

"Crazy," said Michele Vaughn of her day shopping. "I just got off work about 2:30 p.m. so I'm just trying to get the last minute things done."

"The closer it gets, the more deals they seem to have so it seems to be working out pretty good for me," said shopper Michael Franklin.

"(My goal is) to get what my brother needs and make everyone in my family happy. I just want to make everybody cry on Christmas day," said shopper Curtis Drake.

The National Retail Federation predicted spending this holiday season will reach $451.5 billion, up 3.3% over last year.  That would be the biggest increase since 2006.

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