Shoppers pack area stores during last weekend before Christms

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SARASOTA, FLA. - Shoppers were out in force Saturday at Westfield Sarasota Square Mall to take advantage of the last shopping weekend before Christmas. Retailers call the day “Super Saturday” and it is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Chester Bishop was shopping with his 14-month-old son and says he is almost half way finished with his shopping list.

“This is like the beginning-middle. I’ve got a few more [things] I have to do then I am done.”

Lori Cones braved the crowds on Saturday even though she is already finished shopping for her family and friends.

“I am usually a last minute shopper but I am here with my sister and we are doing some shopping for ourselves,” said Cones.

Retailers were definitely prepared for the crowds on the last weekend before Christmas. Stores like JC Penny are providing plenty of deals to draw in the last minute shoppers.

“We’ve got door busters, there are specials that apply only for this last minute shopping period, certain gifts that are being stacked out and if there is still too much of it left over for a sell through by Christmas, there will be some more mark downs,” explained JCP store manager, Bob Parker.