Businesses gear up for busy holiday shopping weekend

(WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)

CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH) – Teresa Vieweg of Wethersfield came out to Clinton Crossing Friday evening to get a head start on her holiday shopping. With Christmas only a week away she wanted to beat the crowds that will likely descend on shopping centers on Saturday and Sunday.

“The weekends are too crazy,” said Vieweg. “I took today off of work, I’ll do more on Monday when hopefully it wont be as busy but I still have a lot more to do.”

Teresa is in good company. According to a recent study only 1 in 10 people have their holiday shopping complete and retailers are doing all they can to entice people to spend. At Clinton Crossing, their Director or Marketing, Kathleen Mones, tells News 8 one way that is being done is businesses there are offering aggressive sales. She also thinks 2015 will see more costumers than last year.

“People are coming here because they know they are going to save,” said Mones.

Predictions aside, traditional brick and mortar stores will have challenges in the days ahead as online retailers are also trying to cash in. The National Retail Federation says almost half of all shopping will be done online and that trend year over year is growing in popularity. The organization also says most people will spend more money this year than they did in 2014 on gifts, which comes out to a little more than 3 dollars extra on average.

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