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Shopping rush hits Dubuque


DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Shoppers looking for Christmas gifts last-minute are flooding eastern Iowa shopping malls.

One manager at the Kennedy Mall, Scott Becker, said the parking lot Saturday was more full than it was during Black Friday, at about 50 to 75 percent capacity.

"I'm here to get some last-minute stocking stuffers and some gifts for some friends," shopper Kim DeWall said, "and as I've gone around three times to find a parking place, I found out I'm not the only one."

She made the trip from her home in Galena, making her one of many out-of-area shoppers Becker said boosts crowds at the mall on this particular weekend.

"We came out to do the final bit of shopping," Dubuque resident Joan Roen said. "The children are here to buy their Christmas gifts for Mom and Dad and each other."

Roen said this is a special trip for her and her three grand kids.

"We do this every year together. It's just a fun time for us," Roen said. "After we get those gifts, then we go back to Grandma's house and wrap them and put them under the tree."

The family's pursuit of the perfect gift took them to Borders, where one store clerk said, "we're flying today. The last Saturday before Christmas is always going to be crazy."

The line at Borders stretched halfway down the length of the store, but shopper Julie Westercamp said she didn't mind.

"I kind of like it," she said. "It's kind of fun seeing everybody. I teach, so I see a lot of kids."

Becker said security has quite a job this weekend, since a larger crowd means a higher potential for theft. He said it's a weekend that leaves mall employees a little worn out.

He also encourages shoppers to be cautious and alert while driving through the parking lot, with the larger volume of cars and pedestrians using the space.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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