Stores stay open for last minute rush of Christmas shoppers

Parking lots were packed in front of stores all over the metro Tuesday as holiday shoppers pushed the deadline for Christmas presents.

"I dreaded it. I just didn't get it done so I had to get it done now," Lauren Hoskins said.

Hoskins made her final selections at Quail Springs Mall about 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. Across the parking lots, other shoppers made a trip to Best Buy to look for gifts.

"Today is a mad house," shopper Robert Palumbo said.

Traffic was constant, but less packed at local stores. Shopkeepers at Plenty Mercantile in Automobile Alley said the busy day was fun to keep up with.

The store opened it's doors today, while some chose not too, because owners knew it was the nice thing to do.

"We would want to be getting gifts on Christmas Eve still, probably too and if we needed to get gifts on Christmas Eve, then we would want to do it locally. So, we're just trying to treat people the way we would want to be treated," founder Brittney Melton said.

Plenty closed at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday. Most other stores were closed by 6:00 p.m. There will be limited options for people still looking for items.

Some CVS locations will keep running 24-hours through the holiday. Some Walgreens stores will also stay open 24-hours, with other locations opening from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas.

All 7-Eleven stores will be open all day Christmas day.

Select Denny's, IHOP, McDonald's and Starbucks locations have limited hours Christmas.