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Last minute holiday shoppers flock to CherryVale Mall

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Chances are, if you ventured to Cherryvale Mall or any other shopping locations, you'll know how busy it can be this close to Christmas.

And if you have a last minute shopping trip planned,  don't expect lines at the register to be the only thing you wait for. Finding a parking spot can take just as long.

The closer Christmas gets, the farther away you'll have to park.

"I'm way out by Toys R Us, the old Toys R Us building, I'm way out there. yeah," says Erica Sandeen, an employee at Hallmark. She says her store has been packed all day. "Lines everywhere, we have lines going down the store, we've had lines everywhere."

Last minute shoppers search frantically for the perfect holiday gifts. Some simply lost track of time.  Others wait to take advantage of pre-Christmas sales.

Just downstairs,  Londa Youngblood is working hard to keep her Tupperware display looking good. She says it hasn't been easy. "It's been crazy, there's been lots of folks up and down the mall, stopping to see what specials we have. And some folks have lists and some folks are just looking for something different," says Youngblood.  

Joe Nethery looks to put the final touches on his Christmas shopping. A few cards will do the trick. He doesn't come to the CherryVale mall often, and says the crowds are overwhelming.

"There's a lot of families here with kids , you can't really go pushing through them," says Nethery.

Gifts in hand,  Nethery says it's time to let the celebrations begin, "Tomorrow's filled with family and fun and I had to get it done today."

Like many other retail locations, Cherryvale mall is also open on Christmas Eve.

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