Severe Weather To Impact Last-Minute Shopping

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(Memphis) It seems the biggest Grinch this year may be the weather.

“I was just telling my little granddaughter, she said oh the weather is so wonderful doesn’t it feel good, and I told her the only thing about that is it’s kind of scary because you know a storm is brewing,” said Linda Shumate.

As the skies gray shoppers prepare for the possibly of severe weather this weekend.

From an ice storm to rainy weekends, there’s been a cloud over this holiday shopping season.

Shumate and her daughter also feel in a rush to get presents under the tree for other reasons.

“We were frantically trying to get teachers’ gifts and children’s gifts in bags and she said how did it get so late, and I said three weeks. You know you get use to that extra week,” said Shumate.

Retailers say they are also seeing less business because Thanksgiving fell so late this year.

The National Retail Federation says holiday retail shopping is down a few billion dollars this year compared to last.

Shopper Erica Carpenter is trying to get her last-minute shopping done today before the storms roll in, but she doesn’t expect the weather to dampen the last-minute shopping frenzy.

“This parking lot is going to be full until they close on Christmas Eve. People are always going to be shopping. On Christmas morning you’ve got to have those presents. So they’re going to be out here regardless of the weather,” said Carpenter.