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Oklahoma City area retailers see last-minute Christmas shopping glut

Some customers stay past closing time to shop, Oklahoma City retailers say
by Brianna Bailey Modified: December 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm •  Published: December 24, 2013

Braving 20-degree weather, Edmond resident Chrissey Glavan was in the thick of it on Monday afternoon at the Quail Springs Best Buy.

“I've been out since 11:30 a.m., and I've only been to two stores,” she said, desperately clutching her to-go cup of coffee some three hours later as she browsed the electronics at the busy Best Buy.

Earlier, Glavan had braved the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Memorial Road where she witnessed one woman toss out an obscene hand gesture as she sat through three red lights. All of this in search of a last-minute Christmas gift for her husband — some gadget for the couple's surround-sound system called a receiver.

“I didn't even know what a receiver was — I had to call my brothers,” Glavan said.

Local retailers have been dealing with an onslaught of last-minute Christmas shoppers over the past few days due to a shorter holiday shopping season and icy weather in the metro area over the past few weeks.

“We try to close the doors at 6 p.m. (on Christmas Eve),” said Brian Friden, sales manager for Best Buy as shoppers and other workers darted around him in the crowded aisles.

“There's usually some people still shopping — we try to give them some time,” Friden said.

The lines at the electronics retailer's Internet sales window were long and getting longer Monday. Two small children shrieked as the younger — a toddler in footie pajamas — knocked over a large sales promotion sign with glee.

It was a busy weekend at Quail Springs Mall, with the crowd running over into Monday.

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by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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