GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Target stores across the Piedmont Triad stretched their hours of operation on Christmas Eve and were rewarded with tons of shoppers.
Several stores including the one of Bridford Parkway near West Wendover Avenue stayed open until 11 p.m. on the night before Christmas.
Shoppers were split between the need for food and the need for last-minute gifts.
“It is a little bit late for us but I know the store wants to do a little bit more for people and I applaud them for it,” said Corbin Hankins, who was shopping with his daughters Talia, 10 and Reyna, 12.
Hankins said he expected Target to be open until at least 7 p.m. to pick up things like toiletries but was surprised to learn about the extra hours employees put in.
He said he appreciates all the work retail employees do in the days leading up to Christmas.
“My wife is not here with us. She's shopping -- she's doing the other side of the last-minute spree,” said Hankins.
The Hankins are just coming into Greensboro from Maryland. They said it was a rush to get to town and get everything done before the holiday because they have family members in the area expecting twins any day now.
“Merry Christmas to everyone,” said Hankins. “May your days be very blessed, especially in 2016.”