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Winter weather hurries shopping rush

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Mother nature has decided to throw a curve ball at all of you procrastinators. Long-distance traveling will be tough, but so will those last-minute shopping runs.

Retailers usually expect a big rush just before the holidays, but this year, they're getting hit even harder, thanks to an approaching winter blast.

The lines were long and the parking lots full Monday, at Coral Ridge Mall. Many people, like Jodee Radosevich of Lone Tree, were trying to get their last-minute shopping done a little earlier than usual.

"Unfortunately, I waited until the last minute like I always do. Next year will be different," Radosevich promised us. "Rather than giving everybody a little 'I.O.U., I thought I'd get the shopping done when I could, so, we'll beat the storm."

The aisles at Best Buy were packed, especially those in the video game section.

"This is my third Christmas at Best Buy, and this is the busiest iIve ever seen it," said customer solutions manager Nicole Hodgeman. She says the amount of traffic over the next couple days will depend on the severity of this week's weather, but that determined customers will get here one way or another.

"Everyone's got to get their shopping done, and they'll get in here no matter what the weather's like if they don't have it done. So, it could be this busy right up until 5 o' clock on Christmas Eve when we shut the doors."

Checkout lines at New Pioneer Co-op were equally busy, according to marketing manager Jenifer Angerer.

"This week it's kind of two-fold, with the pending weather and the holiday coming up," Angerer told us.

"Usually, about two days before the holiday, we'll see almost a 100 percent increase in business."

Other area grocery stores we called said they were busier than they expected Monday afternoon, and were anticipating an even bigger rush at the end of the work day.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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