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Wilson shoppers hit the mall for the holidays before it closes

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WILSON, N.C. --Shoppers in Wilson have a little more than a month to take advantage of sales at the Wilson Mall.

A slump in sales has caused many stores to leave and the rest will shut down on January 7, 2013.

Sue Furman owns the Hobby Shop, one of only 9 stores left. She's given up on big Black Friday sales.

"it's probably been about three or four years since we've had a crowd waiting to come in," said Furman.

It was once a thriving mall, now it looks more like a ghost town. Still, some shoppers came out to find some deals on Black Friday.

"We just hit JCPenney up and got some new boots," said shopper Victoria Dixon.

"I've been out pretty much all night," said shopper Shauneice Hilliard.

Store owners have been notified that their leases will end soon. JCPenney, the Dollar Tree, K&W Cafeteria and the movie theater will remain as stand alone stores.

The rest will be demolished, which is sad news for locals who've been coming here for decades.

"I've been here ever since it's been here, ever since I was born," Dixon said.

"It's pretty sad because I've grown up here my entire life, and no we don't have a mall," said Hilliard. "We have to travel to go to another mall that's 30 minutes out."

Meanwhile, Furman has already found a new space for the Hobby Shop that comes with some perks.

"We'll be able to have midnight releases which we can't do now," Furman said.

They'll also have more room for gamers in-store and they'll be on a corner of a strip mall next to a 24-hour grocery store. Still, that' won't replace the sense of community of the Wilson Mall.

"We all know each other," said Furman. "We help each other in any way we can. We publicize each other's sales, and I'm going to lose that."

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