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Last-minute shopping smooth at St. Johns Town Center

4:43 PM, Dec 23, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shoppers all across the country are in a last minute push to get something under the tree in time for Christmas.

At the St. Johns Town Center,  the mad dash for the perfect present is on.

Peter Carr is one of the thousands of shoppers. "I try to avoid it at all costs until it's absolutely necessary," he said.

Despite the crowds on the sidewalks - and parking spots that aren't empty for long, Carr said things are pretty smooth, and far better than what he was expecting.

"Madness - just all out shopping warfare.

The key to the success -- shop early. Waiting even just a few hours.

Across the country, the National Retail Federation says tens of millions of people will be in malls and shopping centers between now and Wednesday. 

Though the Town Center doesn't have any official prediction on how many people will shop there, shoppers are glad things aren't as hectic.

And now, with his shopping all but done thanks to the calm crowds, people like Carr say they're feeling good about waiting until the last minute.

"I feel its gonna be a good Christmas," he said.

More information on local malls:

St. Johns Town Center

The Avenues

Regency Square Mall

Orange Park Mall

St. Augustine Premium Outlet

St. Augustine Outlets

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