Last-minute shoppers rush to Indianapolis stores, malls

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 24, 2014)– Shoppers embarked on the final dash for gifts on Christmas Eve.

A number of stores opened early, but many of the major malls and grocery stores will close by 6 p.m. and remain closed Christmas Day.

“I’m smiling because it’s going to be over after today,” Jeanie Haley said, a last-minute shopper.

The National Retail Federation reports roughly 9.1% of shoppers wi\l have waited until Christmas Eve to purchase their final gift.

“Oh just to actually add a little surprise so that way she can’t find any of them in the house or stumble across them,” Sahib Ali said. “I’ve got a few things already out there and she’s already poking at them.”

Downtown, shoppers weaved through raindrops to find the perfect gift.

“Just let’s get something in our hands we know somebody will like,” Erin Radaker said, a sales associate at Mass Ave Toys. “And if you’re sold out of that, it’s fine. What else do you have?”

The NRF reports roughly 60% of Americans will open gifts on Christmas Day.

“We’ve got a pretty full store of last-minute shoppers,” Kristin Kohn said, owner of Silver in the City. “But everyone’s in a great mood and finding good things to give to people on their list.”

Walmart will remain open until 8 p.m. Christmas Eve and Target until 10 p.m.

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