ROANOKE, Va. -

With just seven-shopping days left, the decorations are up and the prices are down.

"As far as my husband's clothes I found a lot of deals: jeans and tops," says Roanoke shopper Diondra Ingram.

Christmas is just over a week away, leaving many wondering where the time went.

"I've got a couple more things to get, lots of things to wrap and lots of things to bake. So, I'm not ready," says Bedford County shopper Karen Turner.

Even though shoppers might have the right mindset, the National Retail Federation said in a poll just last week, 32-million holiday shoppers hadn't even started yet.

"I'm always late and last minute. I let my kids come pick what they want, so I don't have to take anything back," says Lexington shopper Rickie Forren laughing.

While some shoppers like the thrill of the chase, Valley View Mall General Manager Louise Dudley says this year shoppers have had some challenges.

"Thanksgiving fell late this year so we actually had 9-less shopping days this holiday season," says Dudley.

Add to that a weekend of slick weather and competition online and you'd think that would mean problems.
Instead Dudley says the mall is seeing plenty of customers and expects to see plenty more on this last shopping week before Christmas.

"We are definitely a regional draw to the area, not just Valley View but the valley view area brings in shoppers into this side of town. So we're seeing strong customer traffic," she says.

According to the National Retail Federation, retailers are still on track to meet the holiday sales forecast of 3-point-9 percent growth.

Dudley says the mall seems to be on track as well.