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Extended hours, more meteorologists to help last-minute Christmas shoppers

With Christmas Day just two days away, the rush is on at malls, grocery stores and couriers.

Tuesday is the last full day to shop, with many outlets offering extended hours before closing up shop early on Christmas Eve.

Besides the legions flooding malls to buy last-minute gifts, there is the matter of the food and drink needed to entertain yuletide revellers.

Payment processor Interac says grocery stores are the top merchant during the holiday season. Canadians spent $200 million at grocery stores last Dec. 23.

It’s the same story at the LCBO. Tuesday and Wednesday are the liquour store’s busiest shopping days of the year, spokesperson Genevive Tomney told 680News.

Those hoping to beat the crowds by buying gifts online and having them shipped right to the door are under pressure, too. The free shipping deadline has passed for most online retailers, leaving hefty fees for rush delivery ahead of the holiday.

And after reports of missed Christmas deliveries last year, shipping giants UPS and FedEx each hired an additional 10,000 seasonal workers.

FedEx also hired 15 meteorologists to help route precious cargo flights around unpredictable winter weather. UPS employs five.

Extended shopping hours

Eaton Centre and Sherway Gardens
Dec. 23: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Square One
Dec. 23: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vaughan Mills
Dec. 23: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dec. 24: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Yorkdale and Scarborough Town Centre
Dec. 23: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

LCBO
Dec. 23: Click here to see hours for your local LCBO
Dec. 24: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 25 and 26: closed

The Beer Store
Dec. 23: Click here to see hours for your local store.
Dec. 24: Close at 6 p.m.