Malls open for last-minute shopping

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Still looking to get that last-minute gift?

Gwinnett County's three megamalls will be open through Christmas Eve, but be advised: holiday traffic could be a little rough.

Gwinnett transportation officials warned drivers in particular on Friday of high traffic volumes on Ga. Hwy. 20 between Lawrenceville and the Buford-area mall.

At the county's Traffic Control Center, engineers are monitoring the situation and have made changes to traffic signal timing, the alert said.

The Mall of Georgia's holiday hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Sugarloaf Mills Mall will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Gwinnett Place Mall's hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday with select stores closing early.

All of the malls are closed on Tuesday, Christmas Day.

According to a report from AAA, long-distance holiday travel is expected to increase by nearly 2 percent from the previous year.

According to the association's forecast, year-end holiday travelers could total 93.3 million in the United States.

"The year-end holiday season remains the least volatile of all travel holidays as Americans will not let economic conditions or high gas prices dictate if they go home for the holidays or kick off the New Year with a vacation," said Brent Hubele, vice president AAA Travel. "Travel this year will end on a strong note and we hope to see more people traveling in 2013."

-- From staff reports


kevin 2 years, 9 months ago

I wouldn't call today a "shopping" day but a "return" day. Most stores are netting losses.


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