Bargain hunters make early start

17:28, Dec 26 2013
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MAKING SPACE: Glen and Olivia Davidson load their new BBQ chairs into the car.

Timaru's retail sector roared back into business yesterday after the Christmas Day hiatus as Boxing Day sales got into full swing.

Some bargain hunters traditionally make the post-Christmas sales their big shopping spree of the festive season and most were ignoring the damp weather.

Noel Leeming store manager Blair Smith said it was "the first time in many years I have seen a queue waiting for the store to open".

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BOY'S TOYS: Willie Annan of Makikihi with his Boxing Day bargains.

"We opened at 7.30am and were busy right from the start," he said.

"Shoppers are taking advantage of our advertised specials and are treating themselves to a range of items from big screen TV sets to computers.

"I expect to be really busy right through to closing time."

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Bargain hunters were also lined up at the doors of Ballantynes ready for them to open at 10am.

The day was described as "hectic" by a store spokesperson.

It was a similar story at Mitre 10 Mega with shoppers providing steady lines at the checkouts. Mitre 10 Mega assistant retail manager Anton Alegria said the store had been busy all day with people buying a variety of goods.

"We opened at 8am and have hardly had a lull in activity all day," he said.

The Timaru Herald