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CHRISTMAS EVE SHOPPING: Central Ohio Retailers' Closing Times
COLUMBUS -- Thousands of central Ohioans are expected to cram into stores for some last minute shopping on Christmas Eve.
Below is a list of closing times for major malls and stores in the area:
- Best Buy: 6 p.m.
- Easton Town Center: 6 p.m.
- Kohl's: 6 p.m.
- Meijer: 7 p.m.
- Polaris Fashion Place: 6 p.m.
- The Mall at Tuttle Crossing: 6 p.m.
- Toys R Us: 9 p.m.
- Target: 9 p.m.
- Walgreens: midnight Wednesday
- Walmart (most central Ohio locations): 8 p.m.
Many customers have been avoiding the stress of crowded retailers by shopping local. In Westerville, some downtown shops reported higher sales compared to last year.
Overall, however, the bump in holiday sales is not as high as in years past. According to ShopperTrak.com, Christmas sales are expected to rise only 2.4 percent -- the smallest gain since 2009.