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Hope for panicky shoppers

If you've been putting off your Christmas shopping until late tonight, you might want to go to the stores now.

While some stores in Andalusia are keeping regular business hours or staying open perhaps one hour longer than normal, most are closing early tonight so families can be together on Christmas Eve.

Ansley Place and Sanders Fine Jewelry will be closing their doors at 3 p.m. while the Singer Center and Factory Connection are closing at 4 p.m.

Department stores such as Burke's Outlet, Dollar General, and J.C. Penney will stay open until 6 p.m.

If you're really pressed for a gift, you can always drop by Christopher's Fine Jewelry and Riley's Fine Jewelry; both are tentatively planning on closing between 5 and 6 p.m., but will continue to serve the public until customers stop coming in.