Swarming for Queen's Birthday bargains

It was Queen Elizabeth's birthday that was officially marked yesterday, but Hamilton retailers might have felt they were getting the presents - in the form of plenty of shoppers.

The city's three largest retailers said many people took advantage of the traditional Queen's Birthday sales.

Tainui Group Holdings chief executive Mike Pohio said foot traffic at The Base over the weekend had been consistent with other weeks, but he did expect a rise in overall sales.

Centre Place manager Greg Wills agreed, saying the central city shopping centre expected a spike in weekend sales.

"Visitors are up and spending will be up too. We won't know the full impact of that until our figures are tallied."

Westfield Chartwell spokeswoman Debra McGhie said plenty of punters were out and about at the mall.

"The carpark has been at a good capacity and the word is people are shopping."

Shoppers who hit the stores looking for those sales were generally happy with what they found.

Office manager Vicki Page was out with her daughter on Sunday and said her family's spending was up compared to the same weekend last year.

"My daughter is visiting so I'm taking her shopping before she goes back to Auckland. We've spent more shopping this year because we normally would go away to the beach."

Drew Howitt, an IT business owner, was out shopping for running shoes for student Diane Teipo. Teipo said the long weekend sales attracted her to shopping, and she'd also spent more over the three-day period since this time last year.

Tui Hawaikirangi, visiting from New Plymouth, had bought a couple of accessories and spent slightly less this long weekend.

Despite being between jobs, Dominique Fortis, out with his son, bought a new phone.

"I'm just following the wife around," he said.

Meanwhile, self-employed Irene Vagg spoiled granddaughter Tia with a handbag and jersey for her birthday.

Waikato Times