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Holiday Shopping Rush Continues

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Christmas has come and gone, but that doesn't mean shoppers are slowing down. Christmas has come and gone, but that doesn't mean shoppers are slowing down.

KENNEWICK, WA - Christmas has come and gone, but that doesn't mean shoppers are slowing down.

Stores were still packed with people Thursday night as shoppers use up those gift cards they found under the tree and exchange those not-so perfect gifts.

Big sales and even some self-gifting are attracting people to keep shopping.

The mall opened two hours early Thursday morning to give shoppers a head start on savings.

And many stores are doing all they can to maximize sales this year due to a shorter shopping season because Thanksgiving fell a week later than usual.

The mall expects to see a large number of shoppers Thursday, especially after seeing high customer counts in the days leading up to Christmas.

"We saw a lot of last minute shoppers leading up to Christmas, but still we see a lot of people the day after Christmas just because there's a lot of great sales. People are exchanging items and then perhaps taking advantage of those sales to get something for themselves," said Jordan Youngs, Columbia Center Mall spokesperson.

The day after Christmas is also known as a big gift card day when people use up all their funds to get those gifts they didn't find under the tree.

The mall will stay open Thursday night until 9pm.  A 13 hour day for dedicated post-holiday shoppers.

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