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Las Vegas shoppers slam stores for last-minute shopping

Posted at 9:36 PM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-25 02:50:54-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas shoppers slammed stores in the final hours before Christmas Day around Clark County.

"I have absolutely no plan, it's Christmas!" said Olivia Smith just as she was heading into the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets near downtown Las Vegas.

"I'm Santa, Santa doesn't have a plan!" she added.

Stores around Las Vegas were packed as the clock ticked closer to close for the holiday.

"This is my first one, I went to the dollar store earlier and I was pretty hectic, I know this mall is going to be crazy," said Smith.

The National Retail Federation says consumer spending could approach nearly $731 billion in 2019, nationwide.

Consumers responded to a survey indicated they would spend about 4 percent more than in 2018 on holiday shopping.

"Oh it's pretty laid-back, I'm surprised there's not that many people but I came really last minute I came here an hour ago so maybe I missed the real craziness who knows," said Jim Pekkala, a shopper at Downtown Summerlin.

Pekkala was snatching up some last-minute gifts just as the stores were beginning to close Tuesday evening.

Many stores will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25, but shoppers are expected to swarm stores beginning Dec. 26 to return gifts they did not want, and to spend gift cards.