Open and closed in Hamilton this Christmas

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If you're still looking for special items to fill your Christmas list, take heart.

While a growing number of consumers are buying holiday gifts online - 84 percent according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey - 88 percent of consumers said they planned to shop in stores this holiday season. Public works will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Souris Co-op is open 9 a.m.to 4 p.m.

Lloyds Chemists in Melksham will be open from 10am-4pm on Christmas Eve and 9am-5pm on Boxing Day, while Asda, Melksham will be open from 10am-4pm on Christmas Eve and 9am-6pm on Boxing Day.

Tignish and O'Leary Co-ops are open 12 p.m.to 4 p.m.

Toys "R" Us plans to keep their stores open 24 hours a day, until Christmas Eve night, to accommodate the incoming rush of last minute shoppers.

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The Cape Breton Post business office will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day and will reopen Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

Charlottetown Mall and Confederation Court Mall are open 12 p.m.to 5 p.m. St. Catharines Transit will have no service on Christmas day, but will have holiday hours for Boxing day.

CVS, except those in Target stores, will operate on its normal schedule on Christmas Eve and Christmas. The Riverdale location is open from 6 a.m.to midnight on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Dollar General will be open 7 a.m. -11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. South County Center will be open from 9 a.m.to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Cracker Barrel: Open 6 a.m.to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day at 1792 N. Heritage Park Blvd.in Layton.

Kroger stores will operate on normal schedules before closing at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.

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Murphy's Queen Street Pharmacy and Food Market will be open 11 a.m.to 5 p.m. On Christmas Day, light rail will use the Sunday schedule.

Denny's: Denny's will be open regular hours.

Most Starbucks will operate on normal scheduled before closing at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve.

IHOP: Most will be open regular hours, but hours may be reduced.

Children's centres, meanwhile, will close or have restricted opening times over the Christmas period.

"Consumers have actually made a little bit more progress on their holiday shopping than we saw previous year", said Katherine Cullen, the federation's director of retail and consumer insight.

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Some retailers are once again planning to remain open around the clock.

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