Eager customers were pulling into the fog-filled parking lot at the Rogue Valley Mall right before it opened at 11 o’clock Sunday morning. Many store managers said once the ice was cleared off the roads, shoppers were back for the sale prices.
“Now since the roads have been cleared even up earlier in the week, as soon as the roads were clear and the temperature popped back up a little bit, increase in traffic, lots of people out shopping, looking for Christmas gifts,” said REI Store Manager Nicholas DeAngelis.
Some shoppers said they wanted to beat the rush next weekend. Others admitted that they got their Christmas presents early this year.
“We already bought each other Christmas presents. We actually got it at REI, but I gave it to him early because we’re going snowshoeing today at Crater Lake,” said Maggie Peterson about her boyfriend, Ryan Alcantara.
The rush is expected to be even greater next weekend because the holiday shopping season was one week shorter this calendar year.