Shoppers keen to snap up Boxing Day bargains
LAURA BASHAM AND HELEN MURDOCH
Nelson region's Boxing Day spending was up 5.7 per cent on last year.
Spending in the region on the big sale day totalled $2.7 million, up $200,000 on last year, electronic payment processor Paymark said.
Richmond Mall was buzzing on Boxing Day with customers banging on store windows from 8am waiting for shops to open.
Mall manager Belinda de Clerq said it was "so busy - busier than Christmas Eve".
"Everyone had an exceptional trading day - EB Games doubled their turnover from last Boxing Day.
"Some of the service industry did a little bit less, but there were customers everywhere." Mrs de Clerq said shoppers came from across the region and included a lot of holidaymakers.
"It was just buzzing. Farmers started trading from 8am and other retailers said customers were banging on their windows from eight o'clock." She said trading started to slow around 4.30pm.
The mall would be open from 10am to 4pm New Year's Eve and New Year's Day and during Monday's Richmond Market Day, which starts from 9am.
Richmond's KMart store manager Camrin Holmes said Boxing Day's trading kicked off in full swing, but a fire alarm evacuation in the early afternoon broke the spell and it took a couple of hours for shoppers to return to the store.
"Otherwise it was really good. KMart does not do Boxing Day sales but we had 60-70 per cent off Christmas promotions." The unsold stock would now remain on sale until gone, she said.
In Nelson city, all the public carparks were chocka full on Boxing Day as bargain hunters went shopping.
However, Nelson region's increase was not as high as the national rise of 12 per cent and had the third lowest rise out of the 17 regions.
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