NEW BERN -

Bad weather did not keep shoppers away from the New Bern Mall Wednesday.

Customers went to stores to return gifts or score deals in after-Christmas sales.

 One woman said she saw around 30 people in line at some stores.

 Others said they expected it to be much busier.           

“There was a long line at Bath and Body Works for returns, so we decided to go to Belk to try it out first," said  Maghan Bender, a shopper. 

“We returned a wallet, and that was really easy," said Bob Miller, another shopper. "Just walked right up and there was no line at all, so we returned it. It was easy – get in and get out – so we’re lucky.”

No word on the number of shoppers.