WDAY: The News Leader

Published December 19, 2010, 09:38 AM

Canadian shoppers head south for holiday shopping

Grand Forks, ND (WDAZ TV) - With six days until Christmas, those of you who have yet to buy gifts are running to stores for last minute shopping. One Canadian family traveled to Grand Forks to find all those hot items on their gift lists.

By: Lezlie Johnson, WDAZ

It's quite a trip for Lara Andary and her husband. A trip they make only twice a year.

Lara: “Through our first night, we drive 20 hours and we always stop in Grand Forks, we stay at the same hotel for the past 5 years.”

This time, it's about holiday shopping.

Lara: “We're usually here from 4 to 5 hours so I get my coffee, we stop at Jimmy Johns, we got full bellies and we're ready to go.”

Lara's husband often waits in the car. Still, the 940 mile trip from Red Deer Alberta is well worth it.

Lara: “It's definitely cheaper, cheaper groceries, cheaper everything, electronics, ornaments, wrapping paper.”

Electronics is where it's at this season with customers buying GPS systems, movies and the Kindle which is currently sold out. Workers at Target restock shelves with new inventory they get every night. All to keep customers guests like Lara coming back.

Sarah: “We've been selling a lot of Wii's, a lot of Kinects, things like that. So those are really popular this year, a lot of our games, video games.”

Even though it may be the busiest weekend before Christmas, Lara doesn't mind.

Lara: “You just got to plan to be patient and deal with the crowds, deal with bumping into carts and not being able to fit through the aisles.”