Stores Open Longer For Last-Minute Holiday Push

BLOOMINGTON (WCCO) — With just four days until Christmas, many stores are packed with customers doing their holiday shopping.

And there’s a new trend to help those who wait until the last minute.

One Macy’s store opened at 7 a.m. on Friday, like it normally does around the holiday, but now it won’t close until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

It is just one way stores are offering more convenience for shoppers around the holidays.

“In watching our customer’s shopping patterns, we saw a need to be available for people who work all different kinds of schedules,” said Macy’s store manager Sherri Eriksrud.

Macy’s will stay open non-stop for 65 hours before Christmas.

“All of us as retailers watch customer patterns and make sure we respond to that,” Eriksrud said.

But it’s not just Macy’s, Toys”R”Us is also open around the clock for the shopping rush — 88 hours in all, starting Friday and ending Monday at 10 p.m.

“I think it’s great for us shoppers, but not so great for the people who work here, and miss out on Christmas with their families and stuff,” shopper Dustin Evenson said.

While there isn’t incentive pay for the workers who are picking up the extra shift, managers say they’re always able to fill them on a volunteer basis.

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